Joe Gerstandt's Blog (10)

A New Way of Leadership?

I have written a couple of posts related to gender and leadership recently (Jan 29th and February 12th). I find myself drawn back to the same topic today. There are several ideas or themes that bring me back:

* I believe very strongly that we suffer from a critical absence of real leadership today. Our current situation is framed as an economic / financial crisis, but I believe it is actually a crisis of leadership. And I have come to… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on February 19, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

In Virginia? Come check it out!

Workshops and Social Media Seminar:

Very excited to be a part of this rocking event in Appomattox, Virginia coming up on March 7th.

"Do you want to learn how to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and more? Do you want to be inspired about connecting with your community as a business leader, educator, politician or resident? If so, then this seminar is up your alley. You will learn how to use… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on February 11, 2009 at 9:26am — No Comments

Good stuff for you.

Some websites I like:

The Kitchen Table Blog

I love, love, love this blog. It is a back and forth, on-going conversation between two women:

Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University

Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.

These women are… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on February 6, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Innovation through Inclusion

If you need innovation (and I think you probably do), you need diversity.

For more and more organizations in more and more industries, creativity and innovation are rapidly becoming the best new opportunity for establishing competitive advantage. This is no big secret as there is a great deal of writing, talking, buzz-wording, best-practicing and shouting about innovation today. Innovation is also coming to be viewed as increasingly important to education, non-profit and… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on January 15, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

Being from...Neptune

My friend, Evelyn Rodriguez has a great post this morning on her blog, based on a quote that I love:

"Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune."

- Noam Chomsky

I love this quote, because it is a good reminder that it is not… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on January 5, 2009 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Thank You!

The first post of 2009…

To those of you who Look, See and Tell The Truth...Thank You.

Regardless of what your "job" is, if you are personally or professionally involved in the work of:

* building and supporting healthy, sustainable communities and organizations

* removing barriers to diversity

* challenging assumptions

* health, wellness, spirituality, awareness

* breaking stereotypes

* speaking the truth

* rejecting status… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on January 2, 2009 at 11:37am — 3 Comments

Bad economy? Retain your talent!

As we continue to get unpleasant economic news and predictions, more and more leaders and organizations are starting to think seriously about the actions they can take to be more financially resilient in the coming year. I have written before about how and why diversity and inclusion represent great value to organizations, and… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on December 13, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Are you an expert or a beginner?

From Our Time To Act:

I may be a bit odd. It is actually quite likely. But one thing that has always seemed strange to me is our level of deference to “experts.” I understand that experts become known as such for a reason and I appreciate the value of advanced educations, years of experience and unique insight. While certainly valuable, I believe that the significance of expertise is greatly over-rated. Experts still make… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on December 10, 2008 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

At the heart of the matter...

At the heart of the matter…where the real struggle lies.

Had an interesting conversation with a client this week that has stayed with me now for a few days. We began working with her team a couple of months ago around issues of diversity, inclusion, and culture change and have done some really good foundational work. The workshops and dialogues that I have facilitated have been well received and generated a buzz of ideas, questions and energy. I have even received several… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on November 20, 2008 at 10:28am — No Comments

A little light reading...

Just thought that I would share a few things that might be of interest:

Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion (WDN)

Diversity and Innovation (Scott Page)

Diversity and Innovation (IBM)…


Added by Joe Gerstandt on November 19, 2008 at 1:41am — No Comments


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