Can We Value Differences When We Can’t Be Civil?

Posted on: May 18, 2018

I wrote the original version of this article in 2006. Unfortunately, it seems our society has become even more uncivil rather than more civil. Join me in being part of the change. Have you ever observed or been a part of the following scenarios? • You are seated at a busy upscale restaurant and the…

How Leaders Demonstrate their Support of Diversity and Inclusion to Accelerate Business Results

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Although diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics have been in place with some organizations for a long time, the question I am most frequently asked by diversity practitioners is, ” How can I help our leaders reflect their support of diversity and inclusion efforts?” At company conferences, articles in internal newsletters, and other communication methods…

Transgender-phobia in the workplace

Posted on: April 10, 2018

With the recent media and political attention focused on the transgender community, conversations have popped up in places of worship, sports bars, workplaces, universities school district offices, and beyond. All too often in these type conversations people are not looking for information in order to develop understanding, rather they are looking for opportunities to spread…

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on: April 4, 2018

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my heart is heavy yet hopeful. Heavy due to the racial hatred and boldness of bigotry still evident. Hopeful because many people young and old are rising up to make their voices heard regarding equality, life, and inclusion. They are saying diversity…

“But” versus “And” in a Politically Correct World

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Are you tired of political correctness and wonder why our language should become more sensitive?  My clients regularly ask me why this is such a big deal to some. Words do matter, and those who suggest others should just get over it, and stop being so picky are often not a member of the offended…

Why Care about Diversity? How Does It Affect the Job Day-to-Day?

Posted on: March 17, 2018

(Adapted from the soon to be released third edition of The Diversity Advantage) Have you ever had a clash with one of your staff members? Have any of your staff avoided or complained about working with another team member? Most of the clashes or diversity collisions that happen at work occur because the individuals involved are…

STOP Multicultural Mishaps Now

Posted on: March 5, 2018

Are your colleagues and other employees disengaged? Are some workers feeling disconnected to the team? My client research indicates that one of the biggest factors causing less than top team performance and innovation among co-workers is their inability to give feedback to each other quickly and without judgment regarding culturally sensitive behaviors—also known as micro-inequities….

Commitment to Inclusion Success: The Leader’s Role

Posted on: February 25, 2018

He said, “I don’t want to be a n_ _ _ _ _ in the bushes about this but…” February is a month that often causes me to pause and think about leaders of the past and present. What can and should leaders of today do and say to advance inclusion? What could they do…

Africa is a Country…and other Misconceptions

Posted on: February 14, 2018

I just got back from a fabulous safari in Africa!” said my friend. “Really? Which country?” said I. She looked at me with a very puzzled expression, and repeated more loudly this time, “Africa!” I guess saying it louder was supposed to help me understand more clearly. I then said, “Many countries in Africa offer safaris. I was just wondering which one you experienced.” Then she said, “Oh!” and she told me the name of the reserve. I tried one more time. “Okay, so you were in Kenya, right?” “Yep, and it was unbelievable.”

Lean in or Shut Down – What do you think?

Posted on: February 1, 2018

Tears welled in her eyes as I answered her question. She asked me, “Why are you sitting at this table?” I said, “I am an ally and I want to learn more, so I can be more effective with my support.” I was speaking at an HR conference. The attendance was huge! 15,000 professionals. On…