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How to Support Male Allies in Your Journey to Inclusion

While many businesses in India recognize the importance of investing in gender diversity initiatives, Karthik Ekambaram’s article notes that such ventures will fail if inclusion is absent. With the majority of power positions in organizations held by men, it is crucial to encourage men to be allies in the process of inclusion, gender diversity, and retention of female employees. A number of companies across industries in India exemplify the ways in which inclusion can be promoted through fostering a male ally culture. Read the full article here. 

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Why Harmonized Teams Beat Unified Teams

In this article, executive onboarding expert George Bradt discusses the value of harmony, rather than unity, within a team. Harmonic teams value the members’ differences in skills, perspectives, and thinking, and take advantage of these differences to allow the team to function at its highest capacity. Harmonic thinking should not only be rewarded in the workplace, but should be kept central to the hiring process in order to build an effective team. Read the full article here.

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Why Human-Centered Design Matters

W.K. Kellogg implemented a customer-centric approach and iterative prototyping process in the development of his brand, The Kellogg Company. In this article, Dave Thomsen of Wanderful Media discusses the ways in which a human-centered method—like the one Kellogg employed—remain critical for innovation today. Routine collection of user feedback, the building of minimum viable prototypes, and the encouragement of collaborative design are a few methods that drive customer engagement and business growth. Read the full article here.

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The Deliberately Developmental Organization

In this whitepaper, authors Kegan et al. discuss the deliberately developmental organization (DDO), a business model that systematically creates conditions to encourage personal and organizational growth interdependently. DDOs run on a set of growth-focused principles, which are enforced by a set of complimentary practices. These principles are developed around twelve fundamental differences (“discontinuous departures”) from traditional organizations, including embracing limitations as a resource, and viewing profitability and human development as parts of a single whole. Read the whole article here.

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Design Thinking Comes of Age

In this article, vice president of design at Blackboard, and founder and director of the Austin  Center for Design, Jon Kolko, discusses an emerging trend in large organizations: the application of design principles to simplify and humanize business. These principles emphasize a discipline for prototyping, a tolerance for failure, and the establishment of empathy with the user. While industry giants recognize the importance of design as a tool to simplify certain transitions, challenges persist, particularly the ambiguity and inherent riskiness of design-centered innovation. Read the full article here.

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