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…

Can Prejudice Be Eradicated Through Legislation and Regulations?

Posted on: January 14, 2018

In a word, NO! That does not mean however that all the anti-discrimination regulations enforced by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunities Commission) should be abolished. What this does mean is leaders must not assume that just because their organization is following the law, that their work culture is prejudice or discrimination free. Let’s first define…

"Colored Sugar" and Other Perplexing Politically Correct Terms

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Have you ever heard or used “colored sugar” to describe brown sugar? Do you ever wonder what’s the big deal about being politically correct? Are you tired of political correctness and wonder why it is suggested that language should become more sensitive? Miriam Phillips, a friend and colleague of mine came across this term in…

Challenge yourself to SEE: Seek -Engage -Encourage

Posted on: January 3, 2018

Sight is the ability to see. Vision is the ability to SEE beyond barriers, turning them into bridges and realizing the benefits of diversity and inclusion in our workplace and communities. Challenge yourself to seek opportunities to learn about individuals of different groups; engage in meaningful dialogue and fun activities with members of different groups…

Lessons on Diversity and Inclusion from Nature’s Experience

Posted on: December 29, 2017

I had the opportunity to drive to the mountains and then to the shores of North Carolina to work with clients late last month. Although I usually do not like long car rides, these two were spectacular. I was constantly reminded of the miracles of nature as I enjoyed the many hues of the changing…

What Does it Take to Be an Effective Leader?

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Redia Anderson and Lenora Billings-Harris, both of whom have a long and nationally recognized history in diversity work, have collaborated to write Trailblazers: How Top Business Leaders Are Accelerating Results Through Inclusion and Diversity (Wiley; $27.95).