Subconscious Thoughts

and Their Impact on the Workplace By Patice L. Holland and Leah M. Stiegler The CEO walked into the packed conference room, pivoted to face 12 nervous department directors. Twenty-four eyes were glued to the pristine, tailored-fit suit in front of them. Putting a coffee mug on the table, “Good morning. Let’s begin,” she said. Okay, be honest—were you taken a bit off guard when you found out the CEO was a woman? Don’t feel bad. If you are like most American workers, you were picturing the CEO as a man. It was not intentional, and, in fact, it...

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