If parents were giving their children virtue names today, as the Puritans used to do, nobody would choose Charity or Grace or Patience. Instead, half of all baby girls born in America would be named Empowerment or Assertiveness. For women in this cultural moment, assertiveness is perhaps the ultimate in aspirational personal qualities. At the nexus of feminism and self-help lies the promise that if we can only learn to state our needs more forcefully — to “lean in” and stop apologizing and dema
The Boston Globe just ran a front-page story in their "Ideas" section on organizational culture, inspired by some depressing events involving the Boston University hockey team. It was much more impactful than the average writing about culture, and raised the important question: Why do conversations about an important topic like culture [...]
Don't Be the Office Mom There you are cleaning up your coworker’s spilled coffee on the way to make copies of the employee manual for the new intern class, when you bump into your boss. He’s wondering if there’s a fresh pot brewing? Oh, and you wouldn’t mind sending around John’s birthday card for the rest of the office to sign, would you? And handing it off to John before he leaves for the day?