One day when I was at lululemon, I got an email from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many companies dread the group for its no-holds-barred tactics […]
Last week over lunch a friend was telling me about her struggle with depression. She had decided to share it with her team and manager at work, and questioned whether […]
With the continuing drama of the U.S. election – and the central role transparency is playing in it – I couldn’t help but write this week about the juicy lessons […]
When people hear the word transparency, they think of information that organizations or individuals (Donald Trump, in the case of his federal tax returns) are loath to disclose on one […]
I didn’t realize that I might have been doing it until I started writing for a wire service. I was in Cambodia, and had naively written my first story, with […]
If you happened to be a pillow manufacturer and read this Washington Post article on the cobalt miners in Congo, you were probably smugly thinking: Not my problem – cobalt is used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Chances are good, cobalt is not your problem. Chances are also good that you don’t know exactly what is in your product – whatever that is. The reason: few companies, especially outside certain industries like food and beverage and beauty and personal care, bother to really learn about the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains.
I was talking to a friend this week about her problems at work, and the value of seeing each situation as a learning experience – no matter how difficult the experience is to stomach.
In that vein, here’s a lesson I learned from the first Donald and Hilary debate on transparency and leadership: how you communicate matters like never before.