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My USA Today Opinion: As Recession Looms Forget Layoffs

In today’s USA Today Opinion, I share why “As we teeter on the brink of a possible recession, business leaders have a make-or-break choice. Use this moment to threaten or plan layoffs while mandating employees return to the office. Or double down on flexible ways of working and make flexibility a core part of their operating model. “Will they revert to […]

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“Flexibility was among the top reasons workers quit their jobs.”

To the organizations that had hoped the threat of a recession would cause people to place less value on flexibility, it’s not happening. Flexibility+Pay+Opportunity remains the value proposition that drives whether people quit or stay in their jobs, per new research from The Conference Board… “Flexibility was among the top reasons workers quit their jobs.” Reasons […]

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Elon Musk Mandate Demonstrates RTO Hybrid Work Failures

Elon Musk’s recent return to office or resign mandate has generated much debate. I spoke with Forbes’ Jena McGregor, senior editor, Careers & Leadership, for her story about how his memo didn’t just demand a return to office, it promoted overwork. “The issue, say workplace experts: Employees today don’t just want flexibility about where they […]

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We need to take action to give Moms support

Yesterday, we honored moms…today, we need to take action to give moms the supports that help them, their children (our future!) and all of us thrive even if we don’t have young children ourselves: –Consistent, affordable, quality child care –Paid family leave –Equal pay, AND –Flexibility for moms, dads, and grandparents to fit work and […]

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Fight, Freeze or Flight: How are you responding to next-stage change?

I, once again, joined top-ranked leadership coach, John Baldoni, on his Grace Under Pressure LinkedIn Live program last week. What started as a discussion about the Great Resignation ended up focusing on what I’m calling the Great Reimagining as it relates to how, when and where we work. Our conversation touched on a couple of key […]

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Flexibility is just as Important as Compensation

This is going to be interesting… Investors and the SEC are now trying to identify and quantify the drivers that attract and retain human capital, AND also how to value human capital more effectively. BUT… They are focusing primarily on compensation (per the article), which may be easier to quantify and does matter to people, […]

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ESG and Flexibility – Interview with Prof. Alex Edmans (Full Interview)

Cali Williams Yost  Hi everybody. It’s such a privilege today for me to be talking with one of my academic heroes, Alex Edmans. Alex is a Professor of Finance at the London Business School and the Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. He graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking in London. He was on the […]

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ESG and Flexibility – Interview with Prof. Alex Edmans

THE PIE-GROW MODEL: ESG, EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION and FLEXIBILITY  For years, the economic ecosystem—analysts, shareholders, corporate leaders, and board members—have assumed the value a company creates through its products and services is fixed. Senior leaders have been reluctant to embrace corporate responsibility, fearful that doing so would just transfer some of the “pie” from shareholders to others. Leading finance […]

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