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Part 2: Mitigating Discrimination With Corporate Culture

Last week, I wrote up a situation of a friend of mine who was enduring gender discrimination and harassment in "Is Your Culture Fostering or Mitigating Gender Harassment?" The company she works at is not a startup, but coming from my point of view, it's important to start culture early to prevent gender discrimination later.

Last week's article was largely the set-up, where today, I'd like to share what's worked for various companies as well as share some points from my former business school professor taking a look at the grander subject of discrimination with some focus on the gender bias.

To get some more professional insight, I wrote to one of my former business school professors, Brandon Smith, who specializes in workplace dysfunction. In fact, he runs The Workplace Therapist. He provided a couple points to look out for when joining a company.
Recruit People With High EQ. Per Brandon Smith, EQ directly translates to greater cultural and gender awareness a…

Is Your Culture Fostering or Mitigating Gender Harassment?

Okay, I’m switching up what I’m going to write about today. Straight talk. This is more of a serious issue and one that I don’t personally have a ton of experience in, but one that I’m aware of and that I want to curb the risk of as I build companies – Harassment. Yeah, the big “H” word. And of course, I’m speaking of harassment in the context of the workplace and the culture from which employees could, sometimes, continue to cultivate.
Here’s a bit of the situation and set-up: I was speaking to a great friend recently on the phone who is working in a largely woman-dominated industry, but her office is mostly male. Since she’s joined the practice, she’s encountered a number of harassment-related issues and gender-stereotyping from her superiors. Not one to let these types of things go, she had a talk with HR to intervene and mediate. Since the mediation, her colleagues have, for the most part, backed off much of their remarks; however, there are still some issues that linger. Alas, s…

5 Steps to Overcome the CHASM Between You and Successful Habits and Passions

Recently, I got a chance to sit down with the President and co-founder of IRUNURUN, Travis Dommert. Met him walking down the street of Piedmont with a friend. I actually yelled at my buddy from 200 yards away. It's funny how things work.
Anyways, great guy with some deep thinking. We talked a little about irunurun, especially sharing some experiences from Body Boss, and how he and his team are pivoting slightly towards building more sustainable habits after watching how users were tracking and engaging in their run-tracking platform. Now, irunurun is... IRUNURUN is a performance and accountability app designed to help people and organizations achieve through focus, consistency, and accountability.  If you've been reading my blog regularly or at least ​a few articles, you'll know my interest in psychology and passion-pursuits. So Travis and I had a great talk, and it made me think more about building sustainable habits. But there was this one idea that really hit me and mad…

Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Ready, Fire, Aim… Wait, Hold! No… go!

I’ve long known that I can be impulsive and highly engaged when I’m passionate about something. In one anecdote, I was helping a friend move and we were working on taking apart the bed. I immediately started to remove the screws and bolts until my friend just lifted the frame and showed it was a simpler operation. In startups, I’ve been hooked on an idea and gone door-to-door that afternoon with businesses to test the idea.
Then more recently, there’s the awkward opportunity where I open an email up, and start writing all sorts of incredibly deep, probably overzealous, and yet genuine message. It just so happened to span several hundred words long… whoops! Having a “ready, fire, aim” mentality is dangerous. Being that way at 2AM is a whole other level. As “How I Met Your Mother” showed, “nothing good happens after 2AM”. I was talking to an entrepreneur buddy recently about my overzealousness, he laughed, and said that it’s a common trait amongst entrepreneurs. It can be good, and it …

5 Themes of Mobility LIVE and Where We're Heading

Last week, I attended the 2nd annual Mobility LIVE conference in Atlanta hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber. The two-day event included some of the largest enterprise players in mobility, especially those in Atlanta. It was a great experience to hear what some of these companies are addressing current and upcoming concerns, how mobile has changed the field, and where they see the next opportunities. Not bad, considering I went there for some inspiration and general understanding of the potential customers across the table if I were to build a B2B technology play.
While stepping into a number of sessions and meeting many great big whigs, I took copious notes to try to remember all that was said and shared in my Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Recap posts. (I have to admit, I don’t recall taking notes so vigorously in school as I do in these types of events or meeting with entrepreneurs or clients.)
Given about a week to digest, I’m back to share what I believe were the five recurring, predomin…