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Giving something a name is a tricky endeavour. Whether it’s a child, a pet, or…a company, names stick. Names carry and convey meaning. Names tell you a little bit about the things themselves, and even more about the people who came up with them in the first place. When we originally named our company, we...
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Welcome to 2018 and to all the increased focus and attention in the headlines on topics such as diversity, inclusion and sexual harassment. A few weeks ago, I was watching the Golden Globes and saw Oprah so powerfully declare that, “A NEW DAY IS ON THE HORIZON!” It resounded like a thunderclap in the room…and...
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I had a poignant reminder of my great friend and colleague Dr. Leeno Karumanchery’s organizing thesis: We judge ourselves based on our intent, but everyone else judges us based on our impact. This is at the core both of what Emotional Intelligence is, and what we at MESH do. This afternoon I was at the...
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What business wouldn’t cut off their proverbial arm for an engaged culture? Higher productivity, better attendance, happier employees… If you can do it yourself, it costs next to nothing to create — just care and cultivation. That said, just like the dentist doesn’t perform her own root canals, business is notoriously unskilled and often strangely unwilling to...
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Over the nearly three decades of emotional intelligence (EQ) research, we’ve learned that EQ drives healthy, engaged cultures. In this respect EQ and engagement go hand in hand. People who feel safe, respected and supported at work, also tend to be more committed and more invested in the success of their organizations. Reflecting this point,...
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“…culture is the most important dimension of any CEO’s responsibility to an organization.”– John Veihmeyer, CEO KMPG When a business starts up, its founders’ heads are filled with visions of success tempered by more modest images of less lofty things…mostly things regarding survival. In fact, the truth of the matter is most startups have little...
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Since my last Blog Post, we’ve had a number of inquiries about ambient belonging specifically in relation to how gender disparities play out in the work place. The question certainly is topical. It seems that every week we read about another CEO who has found himself publicly embattled because patterns of sexual impropriety and/or harassment...
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The renowned Psychologist Paul Ekman’s groundbreaking work in Facial Coding grew out of a disagreement he had with Margaret Mead in the 1960s. Mead postulated that facial expressions were culturally based, while Ekman argued they were universal. Dismissing Mead’s ‘proof’, Ekman launched a research project to see who was actually correct. As it turned out,...
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If I read one more article that starts off with, “Silicon Valley has a Diversity Problem,” I think I’ll open a window and let out the loudest primal scream that I can muster. Don’t get me wrong, there is a problem, and it’s a big one…it’s just that diversity isn’t it. The problem is culture....
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