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Why DEI Education Is Crucial In Today's World

Florida’s public colleges and universities are now legally banned from spending money on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) along with any political or social activism. Furthermore, they are no longer allowed to teach identity politics in any fashion. According to Politico, DeSantis also plans to eliminate subjects like critical race theory from Florida schools.

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Introducing the Berrett-Koehler Community: Help Shape Positive Change Through Books

Thank you for being part of Berrett-Koehler’s community. Over the last few months many of you have been reaching out...

Notes From That Cranky Editorial Guy (Issue #2)

Almost all nonfiction books have lists – because you need supporting factors for the main argument, hence, a list. The...

Transforming Bookstores and Communities: The Power of the BK Way

The new Berrett-Koehler Publisher's CEO, Praveen Madan, has had a long-time love story with BK. Prior to taking the...

Notes From That Cranky Editorial Guy (Issue #1)

I share this picture with authors who approach me certain that they have an outstanding and brilliant idea that will...

RBmedia Acquires Berrett-Koehler Publisher's Audiobook Arm

RBmedia recently announced it's acquisition of Berrett-Koehler Publisher's (BK) audiobook arm quoting VP of Editorial,...

Berrett-Koehler Bestseller List (through June 2023)

Over the last 30+ years, Berrett-Koehler Publishers has had the honor of publishing hundreds of amazing books written...

Mastering Feedback: Tips for Giving Constructive Criticism

It’s natural to worry about hurting other people with our feedback, especially if we remember a time that feedback hurt...

Decolonizing the Workplace: How to Rethink Your Organizational Culture and Leadership Approach

Many of us are familiar with the term decolonization, even if we don’t know exactly what it means. There are calls to...

Overcoming Shame and Self-Blame: Breaking Free from Victim-Blaming Culture

After a traumatic event, feeling like everything is your fault is a very common response. When something bad happens to...

Why DEI Education Is Crucial In Today's World

Florida’s public colleges and universities are now legally banned from spending money on diversity, equity, and...

DEIJ is Achievable and Other Lessons Learned From the Racial Justice at Work Summit

The Winters Group hosted the Racial Justice at Work Summit, a two-day event focused on actualizing justice in the...

The Element of Trust in Remote Work

I was with my previous company before and after the pandemic shutdowns. We had the usual nine-to-five,...

Being Yourself Means Taking a Rest

Being Yourself Opens Up Fear of Judgment I’m reading the questions flowing into the sign-up form for the event where...

The Gift of Building Mental Fortitude in 5 Steps

I came to Berrett-Koehler from a previous position of customer service manager where I was responsible for managing a...

Berrett-Koehler Publishers Celebrates 30th Anniversary

A highlight of Berrett-Koehler’s recent annual shareholders meeting was this 5-minute BK 30th Anniversary Video:

Is Psychological Safety the Core of Your Organization's DEIJ Program?

My previous company was small when I started there, and I was given the freedom and responsibility to grow and manage...

Books for Harnessing the Power of Community

One misguided, although altruistic, idea is that everyone should be trying to save the world from problems such as...

6 Books to Empower Women in the Workplace and Beyond

My friend just started a job-hunting journey after leaving her previous company to follow her “van life” dream. She...

Books that Change the Conversation

A good nonfiction book doesn't just give you new ideas: it shifts your frame of reference for the entire conversation....

Reparations As Solution to the Racial Wealth Gap

The pandemic has further exposed and worsened the extreme wealth inequality in the U.S., not just between the top 1...

Women at Work: Three Ways to Claim Your Space

In recent years, hundreds of articles and books have detailed how to make yourself be heard, protect your emotional...

Intersectional Leadership at Work: 5 Practices You Can Incorporate Immediately

The word “intersectionality” has transformed from a legal framework to a controversial buzzword in the 30 years since...

3 Keys to Thriving for Women of Color Leaders

On January 20, 2021, U.S. Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris was sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Sonia...

Anti-Racism is Love Speech, Not Hate Speech

Our mission as a publishing company, "creating a world that works for all," is more controversial than it seems at...

2021 Leadership Survival Guide Reading List

These days, breaking news engulfs our personal devices and media channels constantly; many of us have entered 2021...

5 of the Biggest Change-Making Ideas from 2020

When 2020 began, most people had high hopes for how the year would play out. As the year continued, we saw ourselves...

Swearing At Work

Are you hoping for a workplace culture that has room for your uncensored and authentic self, swear words and all? Or...

Solving Systemic Problems in Hospitals and Beyond

America has worse medical outcomes than those of 11 nations comparable in wealth and level of industrialization. It has...

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility: Incorporating Disability Justice in the Workplace

Accessibility is Always a Good I.D.E.A! During my undergrad years at UC Santa Cruz, I worked as an after-school...

Why Is Diversity Training So Controversial?

It's an understatement to say that the past several months have been a troubling time for those of us committed to...

Allies, Accomplices, and Saviors: Knowing the Difference to Maximize Impact

I believe that most people mean well. While not everyone may wake up in the morning wondering how they can actively...

DEI Consultants, Let’s Get in Formation

As DEI professionals, the increase in demand has created both an opportunity and a danger for our profession. The...

Five Leadership Styles for Weathering Crisis

Even before the novel coronavirus became a pandemic and halted life as we knew it, we have always lived in a world with...

Five Ways Leaders Tackle Employee Burnout

In May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally listed burnout as a global occupational hazard. Those of us in...

The Inner Work That Makes Cross-Racial Conversations Easier

This blog post has been adapted from Chapter Three of our book, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and...

The Power of Inclusive Conversations to Transform Black Fatigue Into Collective Action for Justice

I wrote We Can’t Talk About That At Work in 2017, because after three decades as a practitioner in the diversity,...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Diversity & Inclusion into Anti-Racism

5 Steps to Make Your Company’s Commitment to Justice a Reality “Diversity and Inclusion isn’t good enough.” This...

How To Move From Non-Racist to Anti-Racist

As a result of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black Americans at the...

Creating a World That Works for Black Lives

#BlackLivesMatter We share deep grief and outrage over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony...

Turn DEI Risk Into Opportunity During Work-at-Home

Over the last two months of COVID-19 uncertainty, my team and I have been hosting regular remote office hours and...

How to Learn What Someone Needs: 4 Practices to Improve Coaching in Difficult Times

What is the best way to coach others that will help them navigate the uncertainty of the changing horizon? Spend time...

5 Books on Inclusion Strategies to Keep Your Organization Alive and Thriving

Diversity and inclusion are so frequently used in the same breath that they’re thought of as a singular concept. And...

5 Ways to Lead Your Team into the New Normal (That Don't Involve Another Zoom Meeting)

Let’s face it: this is probably the tenth article you’ve read that discusses what the “new normal” will look like as we...

Fostering Inclusive Workplaces During Isolation

We've crossed a collective threshold. 'BC' no longer solely describes the time before the birth of Christ. It can also...

Serving Others in a Difficult Time

We’re facing an extraordinary moment in human history where serving one another may actually be critical to our future....

Engage and Energize Your Remote Meetings With These Activities

When virtual meetings are our only option, making them positive, energizing experiences is even more important. This...

When Did We Add the 'Equity' to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

"Equity: Everyone gets what they need to be successful." - Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran, Subtle Acts of Exclusion...

4 Reasons Why Remote Meetings Are Hard

“Vulnerability is hard and it’s scary and it feels dangerous.” - Brené Brown When we think about meetings,...

The Talent Profile for Thriving Leaders in the Next Future Shock

For more than a decade, beginning just after 9/11, I’ve been wrestling with the question of leadership profiles that...

4 Major Changes and How We Can Respond in the Age of COVID-19

We are living through a global transformation. When everything feels like it's undergoing rapid change, it can be...

How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Changemakers Can Find Balance Without Burnout

Making impactful, lasting change in our workplaces is rarely easy. Those of us who care deeply about advancing...

Moving Beyond #MeToo in the Workplace: Developing the Skills to Create Safe and Inclusive Cultures

On the heels of “a major #MeToo moment,” Harvey Weinstein was recently sentenced to twenty-three years in prison for...

Inclusive Leaders, Inclusive Workplaces: 5 Reasons You Can’t Have One Without the Other

By now, many people of all ages and stages of their careers have come to understand and believe in the value of having...

5 Non-Bleeding Heart Reasons to Support Diversity in Your Organization

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives continue to dominate corporate trend forecasts. This...

What Does a Servant Leadership Culture Look Like?

I’ve been singing the praises of servant leadership for decades. I always say if you serve your people well—give them...

5 Groundbreaking Ideas Shaping the Future of Business

We decided to take a moment to surface the five biggest change-making ideas of 2019, guided by you, our readers. We...

How Decolonizing Wealth Is Challenging Philanthropy to Do Better

“Philanthropy, honey, it’s time for an intervention.” Edgar Villanueva’s bestselling debut, Decolonizing Wealth, has...

5 Key Ways To Create A Workplace Culture That Will Make Your Best Employees Stick Around

“The organization says it’s all about supporting my career development...but only if it’s convenient and fits into...

6 Great Books for Product and Project Managers Bent on Delivering Value

The world of projects is no longer just about schedule, budget, and scope: it’s about value creation for your...

Summit Session: Creating a Company of the Future

The companies that will thrive in the future are swapping traditional command-and-control for leadership styles based...

Developing the Mindset and Skill Set of a Servant Leader

I have an important question for you: Are you here to serve or to be served?

The Changemaker's Guide to Selling Out

Compromise is an essential part of life for everyone. Yet, people with strong values and identities can often find...

How to Be an Inclusive Leader: 5 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Style and Create a Culture of Belonging

Each one of us is, in one way or another, a leader. Whether you helm a major organization or work for yourself, manage...

Thom Hartmann: To Save the Planet, Democratize, and Modernize the Supreme Court

Today’s US Supreme Court bears little resemblance to the political makeup of our nation. While that’s created a crisis...

Turn the World Outward: How Arbingers' Bestselling Books Can Make a Big Impact in Your Organization

You’re probably familiar with The Arbinger Institute, the powerhouse that has produced cutting edge research and...

A New Paradigm of Business is Upon Us

Like many of you, I grew up watching the Jetsons cartoon on TV and just assumed everything would be better in the...

5 Things You Need to Know about Building a People-First Economy

There’s a seismic shift happening in the economy today. Business is changing for the better. The seemingly age-old,...

What Is a People-First Economy?

A monumental shift is happening now in corporations. The Business Roundtable – which includes America’s top CEOs such...

Forget What You’ve Been Told: How to Develop a Leadership Style That Is Unique to You

Nothing at work is more cringe-worthy than a manager who attempts a leadership style that either imposes their will on...

When It Comes to Organizational Change, Don’t Wait for Others to Take the First Step

The following is a modified excerpt from the latest edition of The Arbinger Institute’s book, The Outward Mindset:...

Find Your Next Read: Our Bestselling Books in July 2019

Nothing beats the summer heat like sitting with a cold drink and a good book! This summer, BK authors have been...

4 Essential Coaching Skills for Overloaded Managers

The modern workplace manager is expected to wear many hats. Operations expert. Organizer. Career counselor. Mentor....

Three Scientific Truths to Experience a Motivation Breakthrough

Have you ever struggled to stop a bad habit (like procrastinating on submitting your expense reports) or start a good...

The Uncomfortable Truth about Changing Workplace Demographics (and Why You Can’t Ignore It)

Over the last decade, Americans born between 1981-1996, or millennials, have come to make up the largest segment of the...

3 Key Ways B Corps are Creating a More Equitable Economy by Putting People First

From strikes to rallies and petitions, employee activists are leading the way in advancing social justice movements in...

The Top Leadership Books for People Who Want to Change the World — For the Better

When we advocate for change at every level—we mean every level. From small organizations to national governments,...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in June 2019

Berrett-Koehler authors are having a hot summer! Edgar Villanueva, breakout star and author of Decolonizing Wealth, sat...

3 Strategies to Change your Workplace Culture by Changing Your Meetings

Meetings are an organization’s cultural backbone. How you run your meetings says more than you might think about how...

The B Corp Revolution: How Companies like Patagonia Are Driving Positive Social Change

In the modern consumer economy, just putting out a great product isn’t enough. Companies must live up to a great...

It's Time We Redeem Feedback: 3 Actions to Build a Feedback Movement

It’s time we redeem feedback. Why? Because feedback has a branding problem — a negative reputation that has been built...

4 Project Management Books You Need to Read

Project managers wear many hats: leader, administrator, team member, and the go-to person for the projects they...

Always Adversarial: Why High-Conflict Leaders are On The Rise in Business and Politics

The news today is filled with the crises and consequences of high-conflict leaders, most of them self-inflicted....

The 5 Biggest Email Time Wasters That You Need to Ditch

Email has become the essential tool people love to hate. These expressions capture the angst well: “It’s killing me.”...

A Networking Survival Kit for People Who Hate Networking

Networking events are those special times in life when people gather together, generally in large numbers, to chitchat,...

3 Ways to Create a Culture of Servant Leadership

Servant leadership subscribes to the concept that leaders exist to serve employees and not the other way around. The...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in May 2019

We’re halfway through the year, but we aren’t slowing down just yet. This month, we went to ATD in Washington, DC,...

Want to Attract and Engage Millennials? Start with Workplace Diversity

You’ve probably heard the stereotypes about millennials in the workplace: They are coddled. They reject traditional...

The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership

High turnover. Ineffective recruiting. Micromanagement. Bad or nonexistent communication. Distrust. Siloed, isolated...

Inclusion Coaching: Coaching as a Tool to Solve the Diversity & Inclusion Dilemma

There’s an elephant in the room when companies talk about diversity and inclusion programs or initiatives: the efforts...

There's More to Retention Than Employee Satisfaction Surveys

Employee satisfaction surveys serve a critical purpose in the overall organization’s success: They give employees a...

Q&A with Ken Blanchard: How to Apply Servant Leadership to Solve Performance Problems

My last quarterly blog post for Berrett-Koehler focused on what servant leaders can do when someone they supervise is...

Encouraging Courage: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Courage Goes To Work

You might think of me as an organizational exorcist. Instead of driving out evil, my work involves driving out evil’s...

5 Self Development Books for People Who Hate Personal Development

Self-help and personal development books appear to be so ubiquitous that it can feel overwhelming and even impossible...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in April 2019

April showers bring May flowers, and we’re definitely seeing the fruits of our labor blossom! On May 1st, our new...

Trying to Grow Servant Leaders? Here’s 3 Myths That Can Get in the Way

As more leaders and managers embrace the ideals of servant leadership, the organizations they lead develop cultures of...

The Delicate Art of Upward Communication: Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations with Your Boss

Just about every employee has felt this at some point in their career: You need something from your boss, and you don’t...

3 Must-Have Project Management Skills That Can Save Your Project from the Brink of Disaster

Most organizational projects start with grand ideals, lofty goals, and at least some sort of plan of execution. So if...

Dig In or Jump Ship: 5 Things Women Should Consider before Leaving Their Corporate Job

If you feel stuck in your corporate gig, you’re not alone—women are leaving the corporate world of work in droves....

3 Ways to Cultivate an Inclusive Workplace Culture in Your Organization

You’ve probably seen companies in the news or on social media announce how proud they are of the strives they’re making...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in March 2019

Anyone else wondering where the first quarter of the year went?! We’ve been busy bees—so busy that Publishers Weekly...

Beyond Optics: What We Can Learn from Women Who Are Creating Lasting Change in the Workplace

Too often, conversations surrounding how organizations are committed to “real” change when it comes to diversity and...

5 Books on Diversity and Inclusion That Are Actually Worth Reading

We’ve put together a reading list of five powerful books on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These books...

We Need to Talk: Why B Corps Need to Get Serious about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

I first found out about B Corporations while baking cookies. The flour I was using—King Arthur unbleached all-purpose...

Bosses of the Week: Highlighting 3 Top Leaders and their Leadership Styles

Business and organizational leadership is changing. It is changing slowly—sometimes it feels painfully so—but it is...

8 Questions that Can Transform Your Organization’s Workplace Experience

An ongoing survey of tech workers by Comparably reveals that 38 percent of respondents leave their jobs because they...

Transformational Leadership vs. Servant Leadership: 3 Key Differences

Great leadership isn’t only about the select few at the top—it can be found at all levels and in all manner of...

Foster an Innovative Work Culture With 4 Simple Steps

Many organizations struggle to innovate. Despite their best efforts to foster creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in February 2019

February is the shortest month of the year, but it sure was monumental! We shared a big announcement about the future...

Here's How Workplace Diversity Impacts Employee Retention

The research showing that diverse organizations are, on average, more profitable has been well-documented, and...

Workplace Diversity in 2019: Turning Words Into Action

Diversity and inclusion were critical to improving workplace cultures in 2018—in fact, not thinking about D&I as core...

Dana Brownlee: The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up

The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up is a refreshingly practical and candid guide for the best practices and techniques...

Examining the Leadership Style of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is a leader on the rise—for the last five years, he’s served as the CEO of Microsoft, quickly earning a...

The Unexpected App That All Organizations Need: Career Conversations

Employee development can be surprisingly simple. We love our smartphone apps. Spotify and Stitcher to hear our tunes...

Decolonizing Wealth: Edgar Villanueva on the Healing Power of Money

$127 million. That’s how much money I have given away since 2005. Just under a million per month. That’s a significant...

How the Employee Experience Impacts Your Bottom Line—and What You Can Do to Improve

When your organization is full of disengaged employees, it hurts everyone involved. One study pegs the profitability...

3 Toxic Traps of Fyre Fest - and How Project Managers Can Avoid Them

Perhaps you’ve heard of Fyre Fest. Whether you watched the drama roll out live on social media in April 2017 or caught...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in January

How could we possibly top last year, you ask? Whether you're a long-time BK community member or just joining us today,...

3 Key Differences Between “Management” and “Leadership”

Management and leadership are two terms that are used so interchangeably, it can be hard to sort out what the...

Henry Mintzberg: Managing People & Technology

It’s no secret that working remotely and digital communication tools are becoming more commonplace in professional...

5 Steps for Servant Leaders to Redirect Behavior

People often ask me, “How does a servant leader effectively give feedback when a direct report’s performance is less...

3 Organizations That Are Doing Inclusion Right (And How You Can Too)

In 2019, diversity and inclusion in the workplace are more than just the right things for companies to do—they are...

Leaders: Disrupt Self-Deception with Self-Reflection

Business leaders are more respected by their employees than they might think—especially when it comes to their...

The Numbers Are In! Our Bestselling Books of 2018

In 2018, Berrett-Koehler hit a lot of milestones. To name just a few, we officially surpassed over ten thousand...

3 Leadership Styles to Build a Thriving Workplace Culture

The comprehensive Global Leadership Forecast 2018 report asked executives and HR professionals if the leadership at...

The Multiple Intelligences Required to Facilitate Career Development Today

The career development landscape that employees and leaders face today is more complex than ever before. Flatter,...

5 Of the Biggest Change-Making Ideas from 2018

“Vote with your feet” is a phrase you hear a lot around Berrett-Koehler offices. It means to go where you feel you can...

10 Startling Employee Engagement Statistics

The numbers don’t lie: employee engagement and loyalty directly impact organizational efficiency and success ... and...

Serving Justice Through Leadership

As we reflect on the last few years, the scale of global injustice can sometimes feel overwhelming and even paralyzing....

Emotional Intelligence is More Than Just a Business Trend

“Emotional intelligence” is a buzzword that’s been floating around the business world for the past couple of years. The...

What Leaders Can Do to Inspire Diversity and Inclusion That Transforms Organizations

Diversity and inclusion are terms that are often interchanged, but they actually have important distinctions. Diversity...

Employee Retention: Expectations Versus Reality

Employee turnover is expensive—that’s not a surprise. But how expensive it is might be shocking; a report published by...

Interaction Safety: Creating Productive Interactions in your Organization

We have worked with clients for over four decades creating inclusive workplaces that leverage everyone’s talents and...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in November

As the year draws to a close, Berrett-Koehler authors show no signs of slowing down. The New York Times recently...

Is Your Organizational Culture Attracting or Repelling Top Talent?

Business Dictionary defines organizational culture as “The values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social...

Conversation: The Lifeblood of Well-being and Success

Conversations are something we often take for granted, despite how pervasive they are. We are almost always in dialogue...

20 Employee Engagement Activities That Will Inspire and Energize

Employee engagement is a hot topic among employers lately, and for good reason—it’s a critical component of retaining...

Servant Leadership: It's Tougher than You Think

It brings me much joy to see the increase in commitment to servant leadership that is occurring in the marketplace....

The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace That Go Beyond Corporate Ego Points

Diversity. Companies claim to be all for it, and many have defined initiatives to promote it. Corporations score ego...

Why You Should Create a Culture of Full Engagement

The life of a leader can be hectic. On most days, we have a dizzying array of problems screaming for our attention…...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in October

This fall, we're proud to count two Berrett-Koehler authors among this year's midterm election winners. Congratulations...

Managing Successful Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

A growing body of research shows that diversity isn’t just the right thing to do—it also improves operational...

What Took So Long for Servant Leadership to Grab the Headlines?

Five decades ago, Robert Greenleaf proposed a radical yet simple idea: in order for leaders to truly be great, they...

4 Reasons You Should Be Talking about Interaction Safety in Your Organization

Organizations are only as productive as the interactions that take place among their people. Interaction safety...

#metoo — What Now?

When Tiffany and I began writing Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion...

Followers as Servant Leaders

I've been talking about servant leadership for a long time—in fact, everything I've ever taught has its roots in the...

Cheryl Bachelder: A Profile in Servant Leadership

Cheryl Bachelder follows a simple but powerful philosophy: Successful business leaders serve the people they guide, and...

Want Better Employee Engagement? 4 Lessons From Employee Engagement Experts

This statistic from Gallup business should give leaders great pause: 85 percent of workers are either not engaged or...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in September

Another month, another bestseller list! This fall is shaping up to be an exciting time here at Berrett-Koehler...

Leadership and Self-Deception: Why Your Team Needs This Book

Businesses of all sizes benefit greatly from strong leadership at all levels, but practicing this leadership is easier...

Get More Out of the Five Whys

The Five Whys is a technique in which team members identify a problem or issue, then ask why it happened as a way of...

Everything to Know About Earning Your B Corp Certification

In order to create a world that works for all, businesses must be driven by corporate responsibility, a firm commitment...

Building Credibility from the Inside Out

It's not the words; it's the tune Why People Don't Believe You: Building Credibility from the Inside Out is my sixth...

Women in Leadership: Finding Your Leadership Voice

For all of the progress women in leadership are making in the workplace, there are still stark reminders of the...

Everything You Need to Know About Servant Leadership

What is Servant Leadership? Servant Leadership “enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and...

Managers: Stop What You're Doing to Fix Your Team and Do These Four Things Instead

Every few years, some new trend comes along in leadership, promising that it will solve all of an organization's...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in August

As the summer winds down and we begin to settle into Fall, we're thrilled to see this healthy mix of new and classic...

Women in Leadership: Growing Your Influence at Work

Globally, 74 percent of women want to advance to executive leadership, according to Egon Zehnder’s Leaders & Daughters...

Six Ways to Capitalize on Your Next Conference

A business conference is a carnival of opportunities, but few attendees scratch the surface of potential benefits. If...

5 Ways to Build Organizational Belonging During a Time of Separation

It is no secret to anyone that we are living in a time of almost unparalleled polarization. A look at the daily news or...

The Best Ways to Build Trust Within Your Team

A survey from EY discovered something that should give managers at all levels pause: Fewer than half of employees...

Self-Deception: Realizing I Am the Problem

The following is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Arbinger Institute’s powerful book, Leadership and...

Women in Leadership: Expanding Your Capacity for Courage and Risk Taking

The New York Times found that among Fortune 500 CEOs, there are more men named James than there are women on the list;...

4 Traps to Avoid When Managing Remote Teams

If you lead people or projects, you have a big job to do. If those people are located somewhere else in the world—even...

Women in Leadership: Finding and Leveraging Allies and Mentors

In 2018, women should be more empowered than ever in the workplace. The idea of a woman finding career success at all...

Three Invitations to Practice Appreciative Resilience

Resilience is not a skill we conquer as leaders. Rather, it is a practice that we undertake, armed with the knowledge...

Five Colossal Corporate #DiversityFails

Since social media operates both nationally and internationally, companies recognize its importance as a marketing and...

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in a Leader

Business savvy, experience, analytical skills, and vision are all traits often associated with the best executives and...

Are You Truly Selling Your Point?

When I started work in the editorial department of a popular kids’ magazine, the company’s president decided to have a...

Why Autonomy Is the Key to a Happy Workplace Culture

How do you like to do your job: With the freedom to work at an efficient-but-comfortable pace, or with someone...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in July

As the summer heats up, we've got you covered with a fresh list of bestsellers that are sure to pair well with a cold...

The Moment for Community has Arrived

A world divided Isolation is on the rise in our neighborhoods, institutions, cities, and in the world at large. The...

Using Humble Inquiry to Lead, a Manager's Guide

In a 2014 study by Catalyst, Jeanine Prime and Elizabeth R. Salib identified humility as one of four key leadership...

The 4 Enemies of Making Your Point

Even if you master all of the simple, smart, and practical tips from my book, Get to the Point!, you may still run into...

Creating Compassionate Leaders 101

Compassion is a powerful force in the workplace. A study conducted by the Australian School of Business has found that...

5 Tips to Create the Culture You Want

The only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture. —Edgar Schein This is one of my...

Why Virtual Leaders Shouldn't Settle for "Okay"

If you manage a remote team, you might spend a lot of time wondering how things are going. In doing research for our...

Diversity = Strength: The Power of Multiple Points of View

Does an ad in which a black woman transforms into a white woman after using body wash sound like a good idea to you?...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in June

We're kicking off summer with a hot new list of Berrett-Koehler bestsellers! Five new releases topped our list in June,...

3 Big Signs That You May be Micromanaging

Few people will admit to being a micromanager. But most employees—59 percent—say they’ve worked for a micromanager at...

Why Your Company Needs Mentoring to Create Opportunities and Close the Skills Gap

The Numbers Don’t Lie Before we jump into why mentoring provides a crucial edge for your organization, let’s review, by...

The View From The Brink: Parker Palmer on Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old

Adventure, creativity, and gratitude. These were the three words author Parker Palmer chose when asked by fellow author...

The New Leadership Literacies: Paving the Way for Future 3-Star Generals

Over the last five decades, the military has created systems and processes to maintain clarity and agility amid a world...

Ask Me Anything: The Power of Being Vulnerable

President Obama surprised the world in 2012 when he logged onto Reddit and typed, “Ask me anything.” The forty-fourth...

Diversity AND Inclusion in The Workplace Equals Equality

Despite many HR directors across the country committing to redoubling diversity and inclusion efforts in 2018, many of...

Find Your Next Read: Our 10 Bestselling Books in May

May was quite a month for Berrett-Koehler. We went to ATD, where employee engagement legend Beverly Kaye won the...

This Year's Commencement Speakers Made Great Points — And You Can, Too!

There’s a lot to admire in some of this year's most notable college commencement speeches. But while these speeches can...

Benefits That Will Keep Your Employees Truly Happy (And It's Not Free Beer)

Amid an increasingly competitive talent market, nearly one-third of businesses increased overall employee benefits...

The Secret to Long-Distance Leadership: Little Hinges, Big Doors

Do you lead a team of people who don’t work where you do? Whether you lead a fully virtual team or just have team...

Berrett-Koehler Passes the Test (and Got a “B”)

If you read enough Berrett-Koehler newsletters, press releases or emails, you’ll probably catch us “humble-bragging”...

If You Think You Know Your Point, Think Again

About six years ago, I was among roughly 125 staffers of a major television network, listening to the senior vice...

How Not to Build a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture in Your Company

We should start this post with a disclaimer: It’s a very bad idea to not make an effort to build a high-trust,...

Why Servant Leadership Reduces Employee Turnover Rates

Employee turnover isn’t fun to talk about. Probably because of the unpleasant fact that if you are in a leadership...

7 Books to Develop Servant Leadership Skills

Earlier this year, I shared a reading list for servant leaders – all my favorite books for those interested in...

The Most Important Meeting You Can Take Is with YOURSELF

When did it become the norm to shove exercise into the wee morning hours or a scramble to get to yoga after work? When...

Foster Company Growth by Improving Your Employee Training Program

Does your organization bring out the best in its employees? If asked, chances are they’ll answer “no.” A stunning 72...