Summarize & Simplify

Written by James O. Rodgers

I spoke recently to the incoming MBA class at The Goizueta School Of Business at Emory University. The panel included several senior executives from large corporations. I was the only consultant or external practitioner on the panel. After the session, one of the visiting participants came up to me and made the following comment. She said, “you have a remarkable ability to summarize and simplify the complex issues being discussed. You make it so plain.”

Politics & Diversity – Pt III

Written by James O. Rodgers

Now this is the way for a non-delegate to attend a political convention!

First, let me confess that I am not a registered Democrat (or Republican). I identify as a (conservative leaning) Independent. But as a former Democrat, I could not pass up an invitation to attend the convention as a VIP Guest. Besides, it was being held in Denver, one of my favorite cities.

Politics & Diversity – Pt II

Written by James O. Rodgers

The lineup of speakers at a political convention is interesting. It’s almost like a court proceeding. is a cast of witnesses, some expert, most not. Some resonate with the jury. Others fall flat. The idea, of course, is not necessarily wow the jury, but to get the ideas on the record.

Politics & Diversity – Pt I

Written by James O. Rodgers

DNC Day 1

The first thing that struck me about the convention was the DNC’s summary of the diversity of the delegates. On every newscast covering the convention, it was noted that:

24% of delegates are African American.
12% of delegates are Latino/Hispanic

Diversity Management in the Energy Industry

Written by James O. Rodgers

Recent studies show a significant correlation between a culture of inclusion (which can be created with an effective diversity management strategy) and long-term business success. For example, in their book “The New Corporate Cultures: Revitalizing the Workplace after Downsizing,” Deal & Kennedy reported that strong inclusive cultures averaged 571 percent higher gains in operating earnings and 417 percent higher return on investment (ROI) than companies with weaker cultures over an 11-year period.