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Business Change Management

Business Change Management

Woman Brought In To Fix NFL Embarrassment

On Jul 19, 2022 10:22:58 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Culture Change, Leadership, Rethinking Women

                                                                        Photo courtesy of The New York Times. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Multiple news outlets, including the NY Times, published an announcement on July 7th, 2022 that the Las Vegas Raiders (sorry, I still think of them as the Oakland Raiders) hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their President, the first African American woman to hold the role in N.F.L. history.

Why is this important for leadership?

The hiring of Ms. Morgan is important for three reasons:

First, in a male dominated sport, until recently it went against the established norms to hire a female senior executive. Three of my previous blogs talk to this point:

Second, Ms. Morgan is a person of color, and while the Rooney Rule (expanded this year to include women) doesn’t appear to be working in hiring head coaches of color, something does appear to be working in the front office with the hiring of a minority CEO.

Third, women handle problem-solving differently than men. Perhaps this will work well for both the Raiders and the National Football League.

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How Are You Changing How You Work? Is It Working?

On Jun 29, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Emerging Trends, Managing change, Corporate Culture, business change management, Leadership, business innovation

For the past two years or so, we all have been operating in a strange work environment. Many of us have experienced trying to work full-time virtual, part-time in the office, and even full-time in the office. For each of us, it has been good, bad, or none of the above, as post-pandemic work styles range from virtual to in-person to hybrid to pick your own style, causing business leaders to hide or run for cover...or in some cases, listen carefully for new solutions.

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Businesses Must Sustain Diversity And Inclusion For Women

On Jun 15, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: business growth strategies, Leadership, women leaders, Rethinking Women, Human Development

As I waited to present to a group of male CEOs at a conference, I listened to several men complaining about how hard it was for them to attract a diverse workforce and integrate them into their current culture. One man said: "It took me three months to finally find a capable woman of color. She was great but lasted three months. She just didn't fit with the rest of the company. What am I going to do? My board is urging me to diversify and change my organization. Where do I begin?"

Probably a familiar story requiring new leadership skills

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In This Current Crisis, Will You Lead Or Stick Your Head In The Sand?

On May 9, 2022 9:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: corporate anthropologist, Leadership, business leadership

Corporations have largely remained silent since the leak of a draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The potential loss of what's been a constitutional right for nearly half a century has divided the country and created an uproar nationwide. However, major companies, with some exceptions, have yet to issue any statements on the matter. In some cases, major institutions have even declined comment.  -Fox Business

When asked by Fox Business to comment on the current social upheaval surrounding the potential loss of abortion rights for its article, "How corporate leaders should address Roe v. Wade, according to experts," my response was this: "During times of crisis and change, corporate executives face the most important tests of their skills as thoughtful, influential leaders. However, facing the impending challenge of Roe v. Wade, they have few options, as their organizations and their clients are closely watching their responses."

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10 Steps For Managing Change in Fast-Changing Times

On Mar 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Managing change, business change, Leadership, business culture, driving change

In these highly turbulent times, the old saying really is true: the only constant you can count on is change. But even when change is necessary to survive, why is it so hard? So painful? It's much easier just to keep doing things the same old way, even when that way is obviously no longer working. The big problem with that kind of thinking is that when you continually resist change, you risk being left irretrievably behind by your competitors, your customers and the world.

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