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Jane founded Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm dedicated to redefining power, performance, and connection @ the intersection of the art of leadership & the science of business. BIG works with individuals and organizations to create cultures of constructive dissent, respectful irreverence, unrelenting empathy, character-based leadership mavericks, and unparalleled performance. Connect with Jane on her LeadBIG blog, Braithwaite Innovation Group or @thehrgoddess on Twitter.

3 dueling paradoxes leaders embrace

doiung the right thing

If you knew a replacement part would add an extra 90¢ in costs and yield only a dime in warranty savings, would you authorize use of the more expensive part? Probably not. Managers would crunch the business case and find the spending increase unjustified. But suppose you knew the additional cost would prevent costly accidents » Read More


Should executives take an oath of office?

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Forty-four years ago, economist Milton Friedman changed the way corporations did business with his declaration that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game.” Power-suited corporate executives turned their attention » Read More

Pesky wasps and being right

choose being kind

The three of us were chatting in the break room, catching up and munching  croissants from the bakery on the corner. “Sounds like last night’s event was terrific,” sighed Fran. “I wish I’d been invited.” “Me, too,” I replied. “Both of you were invited,” Penny asserted vigorously. “I sent you an email invitation but neither of » Read More


Meet people where they are

live in the light

I sit on the board of directors for a small nonprofit that’s in the process of fine-tuning its mission and strategy. Over the last few months, the organization has done its due diligence—conducting focus groups and surveys; studying program participation; reviewing revenue, expenses, and donor history; checking out its competitors and assessing its differentiators; doing » Read More


A cobbler’s kid gets some shoes

what the heart loves

A small group of us meet monthly for coffee, connection and conversation. Everyone was a buzz at last Friday’s pow-wow, busy sharing their 2014 resolutions. Meaningful and ambitious plans were disclosed:  getting a new job, losing weight, traveling to Europe, writing a book, being more patient, spending more time with family, getting organized. Then it » Read More


Inclusion: Boldly Go into the Discomfort Zone

inclusion requires bold change

Now that I live in the South, I’m frequently asked if I enjoy Southern hospitality. Of course I do. People being pleasant and personable make encounters more enjoyable. Yet there’s something superficial about it — a congenial exchange that happens at arm’s length, well-intentioned but not deeply committed. I have that same view regarding how » Read More


Build a culture of economics and inclusion


A Department of Labor report on the glass ceiling noted that “what’s important [in organizations] is comfort, chemistry, and collaboration.” Chris Argyris, business theorist and professor, says there’s a universal human tendency to organize our lives around remaining in control and winning. Might these hidden needs be the reason most companies have failed at incorporating diversity as a » Read More


Practice the Power of Civility


Some nasty stereotypes cling to people who practice civility and kindness:  they’re ineffectual, submissive, perhaps not very bright, and without clout. If you call for civility or a suspension of unmitigated, unfettered aggression, they call you a wimp. They think you are a wimp. ~Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute Bosses who supervise with respect are » Read More


Building readiness to be your best


“After Tessa got away with simply saying I’m working on project xyz in the daily readout session I started doing the same. No point in doing the extra prep work if I didn’t have to.” “Didn’t your boss call you out for not sharing issues, obstacles and accomplishments like you’re supposed to?” “He never said » Read More


Tip-toeing close to curmudgeon territory

candle defy dark

I left Corporate America while I still had a little soul. I wanted to rebuild my “soul account” by serving, helping, making a difference. And, for the most part, life has been good. I like to say I’m living the tee shirt. But… (Rarely does anything positive follow use of the word “but” and this » Read More

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