Insights, Ideas, and Inspiration from the minds of The Clearing’s passionate experts.

Engage Others to Challenge Convention: A Conversation with Lori Ruderman

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By Stephen Woodring

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Ruderman, the BUYSMARTER Initiative Lead for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The BUYSMARTER Initiative analyzes HHS purchasing data to develop department-wide programs and strategies for collective purchasing, resulting in operational efficiencies and cost savings.  Once fully implemented, BUYSMARTER has the potential to enable […]

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Four Lessons in Leadership for Aspiring Female Leaders

Blog, Leadership
By Theresa West

In honor of Women’s History Month, I took some time out to reflect on my career and the lessons I’ve learned as I worked my way up from an entry level consultant to Director here at The Clearing. I’m sharing them here, alongside some of my favorite quotes from inspiring women in hope of helping […]

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Five African American Women Who Inspire Today’s Business Leaders

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By Rasheedah Stephens

I feel fortunate to live and work in the Washington D.C. area, surrounded by people of all colors and nationalities who are breaking barriers and living courageously. While many African American women struggle to find these kinds of role models in their everyday lives, all I need to do is look to The Clearing’s leadership […]

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How to Successfully Navigate the Challenges of Agile Transformation

Blog, Culture
By Alex Perrin and Darby O'Connor

In part one of this blog series about Agile transformation, we discussed the key principles underlying an organizational culture that will support this shift. Before undertaking an organizational transformation it is critical is to ensure the organization is ready and willing to do what is necessary to make the appropriate shifts. This is especially true […]

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Getting Started with Corporate Social Responsibility

Blog, Culture
By Dan Raudonis

At The Clearing, we often talk about being intentional in our work. When I started as a Consultant in Fall 2017, I rolled my eyes at what I saw as consultant-y jargon-for-jargon’s sake. But over the past year, I’ve come to appreciate the precision of “intentionality” and the message it sends about who we are, […]

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Four Leadership Lessons from the U.S. Military

Blog, Leadership
By Travis Wright

At The Clearing, we know from experience that high performance teams and organizations prioritize diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Given this, we focus The Clearing’s talent management strategy on recruiting and retaining consultants from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill sets. My personal background is an example of this skill diversity: my professional […]

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What Real Organizational Diversity Looks Like (And How to Sustain It): Part 2

Blog, Culture
By Paige Douglass

In part one of this post, we discussed what true organizational diversity looks like. Now, we’ll turn to why this can be so challenging to create, and ways to overcome those challenges to create a culture that fosters diversity of thought. The Challenge of Creating Diverse Teams and Workplaces As previously mentioned, Google spent millions […]

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What Real Organizational Diversity Looks Like (And How to Sustain It): Part 1

Blog, Culture
By Paige Douglass

Today’s leading businesses are in pursuit of the ideal culture. Organizations like Google have spent millions of dollars trying to identify the characteristics of a “dream team,” and Gallup offers Strengths Finder services to shift the focus from managing people to developing them. Strong companies recognize that culture – the imaginary yet real line between […]

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