Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

Mary Barra NEW CEO GM

on GM’s New CEO

A few days ago, I made a comment during a panel discussion that “sometimes the focus was too much on women and not enough focus on cognitive diversity” (which I’ve written about, here). I got challenged by a fellow conference participant that I was simply not getting it, that I was NOT a feminist, and…  More

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Let’s try emotional correctness

Sally Kohn has learned about hate the hard way — by being a target of it. But she’s learned something profound along the way of being a Fox News commentator — which is to hate an idea is one thing but to hate a person is altogether another. Watch this lovely short TEDxtalk just released  More

What it is to be Prey

To build a culture of inclusion — where everyone is welcome to contribute — we must understand what creates imbalance. In ourselves and in our communities. “To know a predator, you must know what it is to be prey.” @arikia on casual predation & street harassment is an essay worth reading if you want to  More

Wishlisted

About this time of year, to the chagrin of my family, I start humming (or even worse, singing) the Julie Andrew’s song, “a few of my favorite things”. Like a never-ending loop of corny. And as much as I love “snowflakes that stay on my eyes and eyelashes”, it offers little guidance to do some  More

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The price you pay for comfort…(TIME Ideas OpEd)

“In problem solving a tough strategic issue, the key is to understand the problem fully and to then interpret different ideas for solving it. No one knows how everything works, but together, teams can piece together knowledge, insights and formulate new choices. Just one good idea amongst the team means success for everyone. This is  More

Chocolate! at Whole Foods Kensington Market

Gratitude

Last week, someone we knew of from our church died in an unexpected car accident. Then, a friend’s daughter whom I never met but heard so much of from her father passed away suddenly. I’m sitting here struck by how much  losses — even from people we don’t know personally — affect us. And so  More