Spirit of Purpose · How to Create Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces You may remember the call and response of last summer concerning creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities.  Many organizations, perhaps yours, asserted commitment to the cause.  Some made meaningful progress.  Others, not so much.  The Gallup organization says to create and sustain progress […]

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Spirit of Purpose · The Long & Challenging Road to Real DEI Change If your organization is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, you can be certain getting to success will be a long and challenging journey.  To make meaningful progress, change must occur at two levels – the individual and […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Corporate America After George Floyd Brand new research released by Seramount, provides a perspective on what corporate American has done to address racism, since the murder of George Floyd.   Here are some of the interesting takeaways from the findings: 83% of corporate employees, and 95% of those in leadership, say they’re […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Dealing with Resistance to Returning to the Office As companies prepare for fall reentry to the workplace, many employees are excited by the prospect.  And many others are not all comfortable with the idea.  Mostly, they’re anxious and concerned about potential health risks.   If you’re stressing over returning to the physical work environment, […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Want to Drive DEI Change? Start A Group Without guilt, shame, pride, or resentment, David acknowledged his privilege.  He said, “Being  white, male, straight and fully abled, is like I have the winning lottery ticket.  No matter what I do, I get receive unearned benefits from those parts of my identity.  What do I do […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Leading Through Uncertainty Leaders today face significant uncertainty.  Change and complexity are a steady presence. In a Harvard Business Review article titled, “6 Strategies for Leading Through Uncertainty,” the authors suggest the following strategies to accelerate learning and navigate increasing complexity. Acknowledge feelings of discomfort about not having the answers.  Embrace the unknown […]

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Spirit of Purpose · The Need for Speed During Recovery We’re a month into year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recovery from deep disruption of incredibly fast-moving change is just beginning. Looking to the future, McKinsey suggests speed will be a defining feature of the new normal for companies interested in long-term resiliency and sustainability.  The need […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Simple Ways to Show Appreciation How often do you express appreciation to the people around you – in the workplace and your personal life? Do you say thank you often enough? Do you share, in sufficient detail, what you like about a person’s approach to a task or the way they handled a […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Engaging Employees During Extra Challenging Times Over the past year, in the face of unprecedented change, uncertainty, anxiety, and loss we surmounted challenges and found ways to survive and remain sane.  What inspired us to keep going, to stay engaged? Gallup queried 150 chief human resources officers about what kept members of […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Stress That Can Determine Success or Failure In the workplace, and all of life, the size and complexity of challenges are not factors that determine whether we flounder or thrive.  The degree to which we believe we are in control is.  The internal belief and feeling that I can take effective action and […]

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Spirit of Purpose · When Might the U.S. Achieve Gender Parity? While women are about 50% of the US workforce, on average, we still earn 20% less than men for the same work.  Gender-based inequality remains a reality.  Not enough women lead companies or have a seat at tables where policy is established, and resources allocated.   When […]

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Spirit of Purpose · How Are Asians Faring In Your Workplace? Korn Ferry reports hate crimes against Asians in the US increased by a stunning 150% in 2020.  We’ve heard about the murder of six Asian women in Atlanta, and the assaults on elderly Asians as they move through our city streets, going about their daily […]

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Spirit of Purpose · DEI Requires Commitment from Top Leadership Diversity, equity and inclusion is not about “check the box” activities or talk of quotas.  It is also not the work of HR.  Top leadership’s visible engagement and firm commitment is required for the challenging journey involved in creating a workplace wherein diversity, equity and inclusion are […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Hybrid Arrangements May Be the Solution For decades, discussion of flexible work arrangements centered around hours and, perhaps, an occasional day working from home.  The pandemic has changed that.   According to Gallup, between mid-March to early April 2020, the number of employees working remotely doubled from 31% to 62%.  Across age groups – […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Make Sure Privilege Is Part of Your DEI Discussion? Privilege is special advantage or benefit enjoyed by an individual or a group, that is not available to others.  Privilege is about access to power, opportunities, resources, and favorable treatment.  The concept of privilege is one many react to with intense emotion, ranging from […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Call Me By My Name My name is Teressa. Not Theresa, Tressa, or Ta-race-a. When Kamala Harris, the first Black, Asian, Female Vice President of the United States was sworn into office, Justice Sotomayor mispronounced her first name.   While such incidents are often unconscious and unintentional, the recipient may experience the mistake […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Act Before They Walk The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workplace – especially those with responsibility for children, or elder care, or both – is significant.   The ever-increasing, endless workplace demands combined with full-time responsibilities at home is causing many – particularly those who feel they have […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Are Your Company’s Efforts Advancing Racial Equity? McKinsey reports between May 25th and the end of October, 32% of Fortune 1000 companies made public statements supporting racial justice.  22% made commitments to promote racial equity through changes in products, services, and strategic investments.  18% launched initiatives to advance internal diversity and inclusion […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Where Is Your Company On Its Diversity Journey? Companies that are diverse and inclusive at all levels of the hierarchy have been found to be more innovative, agile, and resilient.  Recent McKinsey findings confirm that, when it comes to profitability, diverse leadership teams outperform their less diverse peers.   In addition to the […]

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