This book review was written by David Kading and originally appeared on the Brighter Strategies blog.

Recently, I was reminded of one of the great reads I enjoyed back in 2019, Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations, by Monica Worline and Jane Dutton. The book was relevant at the time, six months before COVID-19 struck. It is even more relevant today.

Why Compassion?

This book centers around the importance of compassion at work. Unlike other positive qualities, such as kindness, gratitude, or happiness, compassion is not an independent concept. …


This article was originally published by Swafia Ames on the Brighter Strategies blog.

What does diversity mean in an organization? With the recent murders of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, the majority of whom were of Asian decent, the country is protesting yet another tragic display of racially charged hatred and anger. In what has been a year of heightened awareness about social injustice, individuals are looking inward. Communities are coming together. Organizations are heeding the call for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In honor of Black History month, in February, we featured Black-led organizations and talked to their leaders…


This article was originally published on the Brighter Strategies blog by senior consultant and human resources professional, Mary Walter Arthur.

What makes a “great employer” is obviously subjective, but to successfully recruit and retain top talent, you need to know the emerging trends and expectations.

In addition to shirking the side part and skinny jeans, Gen Z (the generation born between 1997 to 2012) is adamant about learning and career growth. According to the 2021 LinkedIn Learning Workplace Learning Report, more than 76 percent of Gen Z employers believe that learning is key to a successful career. These digital savvy…


This blog post was written by Payal Martin and originally appeared on the Brighter Strategies blog.

It’s been a little over two months since most of us began sheltering in place and working from home. During that time, we’ve all seen plenty of ads about “these unprecedented times” and read multiple articles about “the new normal.” But what if there is no “new normal”? What if instead, there’s a “next normal” and then a “next normal” after that? A survey of CFOs back in March revealed that most believe it will take a minimum of six months after business resumes…


It’s happening all over the country and the world. Socially responsible companies are jumping in to fill a void and help their communities. Distilleries and breweries are making and distributing hand sanitizer, sometimes at no cost. Hotels are donating rooms to medical personnel and the homeless. Restaurants are bringing food to food banks.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn’t a new idea. Many businesses see CSR as an important recruitment tool, especially for millennial workers. CSR is also seen as a marker of how well a brand interacts with stakeholders and communities. Companies like TOMS and Bombas Socks, have a stated…


A version of this blog post was originally posted on the Brighter Strategies blog. If you’d like more information about our free one-hour consultations, please visit our website.

In February 2020, Forbes surveyed their “Nonprofit Council” about how the nonprofit field will change by the year 2025. The council members hit all the expected areas: an increase in digital marketing, the need to appeal to a younger donor base, and the importance of developing a culture of diversity. Not surprisingly, no one mentioned a global pandemic shutting down offices and causing the potential for an economic downturn. …


This May, we’re offering four free weeks of mindfulness meditation training. Read our latest blog post to learn what mindfulness has to do with organizational development and how to register.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor

Mindfulness practices have been around for thousands of years. Today, healthcare professionals are increasingly recommending mindfulness practice to combat depression and anxiety and to calm, clear and ground the heart and mind. Many of us are currently carrying remarkable…


This month on our blog we’re addressing issues you might be encountering while trying to run an organization from home. In this blog post, Payal Martin covers tips for online meetings.

Are you experiencing an overdose of online meetings and video conferencing? Join the club. With so many virtual meetings, we need remote meetings to not only serve their objective, hold people’s attention, be efficient, and maybe even be fun. Here at Brighter Strategies, a fully-remote organizational development firm, we are well practiced in succeeding in our mission through significant remote engagement. …


A version of this article was originally published by Swafia Ames on the Brighter Strategies blog.We hope the information is useful for both ordinary times and these extraordinary circumstances.

Given that most of the country is sheltered in place at least until the end of April, we’ve decided to spend this month exploring some of the questions that leaders and organizations have about telework, hiring new employees, and managing a remote workforce.

In February the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% according to the Labor Department and many organizations were actively recruiting and interviewing for new talent. Covid-19 has impacted the…


A version of this article was originally posted by Swafia Ames on the Brighter Strategies blog. Even in these strange times, a focus on employee engagement is always a good investment and employee engagement starts with onboarding.

Motivating your workforce is important regardless of the state of the economy or other external forces at play. In a strong labor market, your employees have more choices and attrition is typically higher. In a weaker market, employees may suffer a loss of morale due to financial challenges or a perceived lack of opportunity. …

Elizabeth Scott, PhD

President/CEO of Brighter Strategies LLC, an organizational development and strategy consulting company in the Washington, DC metro area

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