What It Takes for People of Color to Get to the Top

The new issue of HBR, more than most, speaks to my heart. Many of the stories in our March-April edition—particularly several that deal with race and gender—add levels of humanity that too often are missing from management thinking. Taken together, their message is that unless we can all connect across differences, we’ll never achieve real diversity.

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Humanitarian Law & Policy (Blog) – Challenges & dilemmas in frontline negotiations: Interview with Claude Bruderlein

Frontline staff of humanitarian organizations often negotiate with an array of local and international actors to establish a presence in conflict environments, ensure access to vulnerable groups and facilitate the delivery of assistance. On the occasion of the Second Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators—a gathering of 180 frontline staff as well as Geneva-based humanitarian practitioners and researchers—we asked Claude Bruderlein about current challenges in humanitarian negotiations in conflicts around the world.

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IKF – Privacy oder Publicy: Wohin führt die digitale Transformation?

Die Diskussion über die Nutzung von Daten ist eines der grossen Themen der digitalen Transformation. Mit der Frage, wohin die digitale Transformation uns hinsichtlich der Datennutzung führt und mit der Debatte über Privacy oder Publicy, beschäftigen sich die IKF-Studienleiter Andréa Belliger und David Krieger in ihrem neuen Buch, das im Januar 2018 erscheint. Im Newsletter-Artikel «Privacy oder Publicy: Wohin führt die digitale Transformation?» geben die beiden Studienleiter einen Einblick dazu. Die Auseinandersetzung mit dieser Thematik in unterschiedlichen Kontexten findet auch in diversen IKF-Zertifikatskursen statt. Einige davon starten nun im Frühlingssemester 2018. Eine Übersicht über alle unsere Frühlingskurse finden Sie neben weiteren Themen in diesem Newsletter:

Privacy oder Publicy: Wohin führt die digitale Transformation?
Frühlingskurse 2018 – jetzt anmelden!
Masterstudiengänge – persönliches Kompetenzprofil modular zusammenstellen!
Interview mit dem IKF-Dozenten im Bereich eHealth Prof. Dr. Christian Lovis
Mein Studium am IKF – Interview mit den Mediations-Studierenden Evrim Yilmaz und Roger Huber
Nächste Infoveranstaltung – 18. Januar 2018 in Zürich

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Trello – The Best Advice For Remote Work Success From 10 Global Teams (Free Guide)

Let’s say it nice and loud for the people in the back:

Remote work is here, and it’s revolutionizing the way we work.

Technology has advanced such that embracing remote is no longer challenging. It requires different considerations for collaboration and communication, sure, but ultimately it is not a lower quality work experience.

How do we know? Because we are proving it out as a team right now, and so are some of the fastest-growing teams in tech.

In this guide we are:

  • Debunking common remote work myths
  • Highlighting remote work communication best practices for communication
  • Providing ideas for balancing relationships between remote and in-office teammates
  • Giving specific software recommendations
  • Advising on finding remote jobs, as well as tips for hiring managers
  • Exploring the company culture that forms around remote work

Plus a special look at extreme remote work with UNICEF, and tons more wisdom. It’s even designed in such a way that, if any particular page resonates for your team, you can share it as a virtual poster or even print it up for your home office. We made this book because we truly believe in remote work, and we have been amazed at the results.

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SIETAR – 2018 Congress

Over the years, the intercultural field has revisited the notion of culture and the impact of different norms on human exchanges, focussing on the issues impacting intercultural interactions.

In parallel, the drive towards uniformity for the benefits of globalisation has clearly shown its limitations and the positioning of man at the centre of the ecosystem we occupy, demonstrated its incoherence with sustainability.

In a world undergoing profound mutations, a key element for social transformation is the co-existence of diverse cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and values. Discriminatory attitudes and policies against those perceived as different have crept into organizations and society at large, in an attempt to neutralize, reduce or even eliminate diversity, wrongly perceived as a cost and disturbance.

Our purpose for this congress is to go beyond differences and focus on new perspectives, practices and positive actions that can support the co-creation of a common culture that will nurture itself from increased diversity – both in our daily lives and in the workplace – and lead to a better world.

Our role as intercultural trainers, coaches and mediators is essential to support this process. Our practice needs to respond to the challenge.

In the coming weeks, further information will be communicated about the conference, speakers and presenters, pre-conference certifications and logistical support for participants intending to travel

We have a great venue in Lugano thanks to the support of our academic advisor, the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Board welcomes your attendance, asks you to save the date in your agenda and to spread the word for our first congress which, we trust, will provide for inspiring exchanges and enhanced learning opportunities. Membership rates for registration will be extended to all SIETAR National Association members.

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IRIN-News – #MeToo in the humanitarian world : The humanitarian world is not populated by saints.

Our friends and family sometimes think the humanitarian world is populated by saints. The general public might also think that (our fundraising campaigns certainly play on this). However, those of us who live in it know our sector is not so different from others. We walk amongst mortals – flawed human beings.

We* are two of those millions who tweeted #MeToo – recalling our own many experiences of harassment, from when we were schoolgirls, to this day – make no mistake, it is a pervasive factor in every woman’s life. But even though we are aid workers, we too experience sexual harassment and assault in the humanitarian world.

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AP – Webinar : How to drive video adoption in reporting

The amount of time consumers spend with digital video continues to grow — up to 73 minutes per day now in the United States, according to eMarketer, or nearly 30 more than they did just four years ago.

This shift has allowed media and non-media companies alike to cover stories with new perspectives and even opened doors to alternative formats such as virtual and augmented reality.

In recent years at AP, our text-based reporters have undergone training to learn the best strategies for developing multimedia narratives. Recently, we hosted a webinar featuring news directors from the western U.S. and Latin America to describe the results we’ve seen from these efforts in their regions.

Looking for best practices to train your staff on the latest technologies? See these five recommendations from our recent webinar for developing multimedia narratives.

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Tagesanzeiger – «Der Feierabend wurde getötet» : Wir müssen weniger kommunizieren – dringend.

Die neuen Tools in Unternehmen – Videoschaltungen, Chats, et cetera – würgten die Kreativität ab, sagen Sie. Zugleich wird unsere Welt von jenen Unternehmern revolutioniert, die diese Tools erfunden haben und exzessiv nutzen: den Nerds vom Silicon Valley.

Wo liegt das Problem?

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The Guardian – Is it always good to talk?

Illustration by Michele Marconi

We’re so accustomed to seeing talking as a source of solutions – for resolving conflicts or finding new ideas – that it’s hard to see when it is the problem.

Every office worker hates meetings. Obviously. But it’s a strange sort of hate, similar to the hatred of Londoners for the Northern line, or New Yorkers for tourists who walk too slowly: the dislike is real, yet if the despised thing were to vanish, it’d be like surrendering a piece of your soul.

“When we probed into why people put up with the strain that meetings place on their time and sanity, we found something surprising,” wrote the academics Leslie Perlow, Constance Hadley and Eunice Eun in the Harvard Business Review recently. “Those who resent and dread meetings the most also defend them as a ‘necessary evil’ – sometimes with great passion.” True, research suggests that meetings take up vastly more of the average manager’s time than they used to. True, done badly, they’re associated with lower levels of innovation and employee wellbeing. But that’s just office life, right? It’s not supposed to be fun. That’s why they call it work.

Underlying this attitude is an assumption that’s drummed into us not just as workers but as children, parents and romantic partners: that more communication is always a good thing.

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