How Corporate Caste Systems Kill Innovation and What Leaders Can Do About it

In way too many organizations employees are given the not so subtle message that they should know their place. For all the talk and money spent on innovation and employee engagement, too many employees learn early and often that bucking the system or thinking a little too different can be career limiting. Expected to learn our roles quickly and not venture too far into someone else’s turf feeds an environment that kills the very factors that create innovation and engagement.

Illustration by John Grimes

The Female Leadership Experience: 7 Ways Corporate Cultures Need To Change In Order To Retain Women Leaders

Trading a college campus for corporate life where women were told in less than subtle ways that the ticket to success was to emulate men, I struggled. It should never have happened to me.  Highly intelligent, strong (and some famous) trail blazer women mentored me. Educated, smart, mentored, sponsored, ambitious and fully in control (I thought) of my career and life, I was poised to take my place in corporate America. In a matter of months I lost my ability to think like a girl.