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Disability Etiquette in the Workplace

October 30, 2019

That people with disabilities add value to an organization has been long established. Companies are increasingly waking up to the need for an inclusive workforce. However, despite the best intentions, many employers are still busy figuring out appropriate ways to interact with and bring the best out of their employees who have a disability. Are you one of them? Here are six tips for you: Use person-first language Addressing a person as an individual, without pigeonholing them into an overarching “identity” category based on their abilities, is how person-first communication is carried out. Speak with someone who has a disability in the same way as you’d do with anyone else. Refer to the disability only when it’s relevant. Also, choose your words carefully so an individual’s disability status doesn’t become a discriminatory label in the ... View Post

The Incredible Story of Kodi Lee

October 24, 2019

American pianist, singer and songwriter Kodi Taehyun Lee has been crowned the champion of the latest season of popular TV show America’s Got Talent (AGT). Kodi has won an award of $1 million and will get a chance to headline shows at Paris Hotel Casino in Las Vegas from November 7-10. What has made Lee’s success incredible is that he overcame debilitating disabilities and wowed a nation to emerge as the winner of AGT. The 23-year-old performer is visually challenged and is on the ... View Post

10 Ideas to Observe NDEAM and Raise Disability Employment Awareness at Work

October 04, 2019

The US Department of Labor has chosen The Right Talent, Right Now theme to observe the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this year. Back in 1988, the US Congress declared October as the NDEAM to raise awareness about the employment needs and contributions of differently-abled people. The theme for 2019 underscores the role that people with different abilities play towards America’s economic success, particularly when global competition and historically low levels of ... View Post

Five Things the Business World Learned from 9/11

September 11, 2019

The September 11, 2001 attacks not only had a huge impact on the US economy and society, but also affected businesses worldwide. About 18,000 small businesses in the Lower Manhattan area were destroyed or had to be relocated because of the attacks. Besides mourning the loss of employees and their family members, companies also had to figure out ways to continue operating in the post-9/11 era. Here are five things that the business world learned from the worst terror attack in history. 1. More ... View Post

Five Ways a Leader Can Prepare Their Team for an Unplanned Change

September 03, 2019

Unplanned changes are usually a result of unforeseen circumstances. Since they come unannounced, it's important to have contingency plans in place to deal with them without causing panic across the board. This is where leadership comes in. Leadership is all about taking risks others would avoid taking. It's also about making quick but correct decisions to mitigate the effects of unexpected disruptions. A leader can make their team better by turning obstacles into opportunities and stumbling ... View Post

How Similar or Different are Management and Leadership

August 05, 2019

Management and leadership are often considered the same in many organizations. Though the two share a number of similar traits, they differ in the sense that while all leaders are managers, not all managers are leaders. Managing and leading are two complementary qualities that are linked to each other. Extricating one from the other is impossible. Leaders inspire and motivate, whereas managers plan, organize, and coordinate. A leader sets his eyes on the bigger picture, while a manager puts ... View Post

Three Actionable Ways to Foster a Culture of Empathy in the Workplace

July 24, 2019

A growing number of organizations?small and big?are recognizing the benefits of embracing a culture of empathy in the workplace. Empathy reduces stress, improves mood, promotes self-esteem, helps develop trust and comfort, and unlocks creativity. In most cases though, leaders are the ones carrying the torch of cultural transformation through empathy. But can they do it alone? Leaders need help from every department and every level to initiate a paradigm shift in organizational behavior. We ... View Post

Self-Promotion Isn't Necessarily Bad (And How To Do It Well)

July 15, 2019

Most parents tell their kids that it's uncouth to brag. However, when it comes to designing marketing and branding strategies, a moderate indulgence in self-promotion isn't entirely a bad idea. While there are no one-size-fits-all rules, we've found out four that work in most scenarios: 1. Build a great product or service, and let your customers do all the talking. Great brands are driven by customers and their experiences. Word-of-mouth marketing is still the most powerful medium to ... View Post