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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Spirit of Purpose · What Everyday Body Language Reveals About DEI When it comes to use of physical space, what dynamics do you see between cultural groups, inclusive of race, social class, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender, and even other aspects of diversity?  How do those who are members of culturally dominant groups, and those […]

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Spirit of Purpose · How Work-At-Home Parents Can Find Relief Whether you’re a frontline essential worker, homemaker, striving young professional, or seasoned executive, if you’re a parent with younger children, your life has changed dramatically during the pandemic.   Traditional support systems like school, aftercare, sitters, dance, sports, are gone, or at least not what they […]

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Spirit of Purpose · How To Make Your Presence Known In Online Meetings Today, many of us spend our workdays online, in one-on-one and group meetings.  Here are some tips to help you make your presence known and have a positive impact, especially during large group meetings: Be visible.  Turn your camera on to simulate in-person attendance. […]

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Spirit of Purpose · How Engagement & Well-Being Feed Each Other According to Gallup, there’s a strong relationship between employee engagement and employee wellbeing – two drivers of performance, productivity and retention.  Each – engagement and wellbeing – has a reciprocal and additive impact on the future state of the other. While the best people leaders […]

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Spirit of Purpose · COVID-19 Has Added Complexity to Our Diverse Worlds Even as we continue physically distancing and working remotely, the human need for connection and community, remains strong.  The need to be heard, to feel seen and included, is as important as ever.   Today, in our new paradigm, we work and engage […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Does Your Company Look Like Your Customer Base? Do the demographics of your company reflect those of your customer base?   If your company is like most, the answer is no.  In most cases, internal demographics, particularly across hierarchical levels and functional groups, do not reflect the diverse mix of a […]

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Spirit of Purpose · The Case For Diversity Is Stronger Than Ever Recent McKinsey research suggests the business case for diversity is stronger than ever.  And, if bottom-line impact is your primary metric, data from 1000 large companies, in 15 countries, say the link between diversity on executive teams and financial outperformance is indisputably evident. […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Releasing COVID-19 Generated Loss & Grief Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ Five Stages of Grief provides a helpful framework for understanding our COVID-19-induced emotional roller-coaster. You’ve probably experienced the shock and denial – you just couldn’t believe this unexpected, tragic thing was happening.  Then feelings of guilt or sadness about your inability to prevent […]

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Spirit of Purpose · 2 Ways to Refresh & Reset People are the heart of business. Their intellect, positive energy, drive, mutual respect and commitment contribute to a healthy workplace and a business’ ability to thrive in its marketplace. On days when we’re firing on all cylinders, it’s easy to deliver our best.  On days […]

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Spirit of Purpose · COVID-19 & the Struggles of Diverse Workers We’re all experiencing significant COVID-19-related challenges.  And across the diversity spectrum of black, indigenous and people of color, women, LGBTQIA community members, people with disabilities, and working parents, issues are particularly acute. A McKinsey survey says across demographic groups and geographies, workers are struggling […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Validating Emotions Impacts Productivity Have you ever shared how you’re feeling about a situation and the person with whom you’re speaking responds with “Yeah, but…”?  “Yeah, but it’s not so bad.  Yeah, but that’s not how it really is.”  Even if their intentions are to be helpful, the likely impact of their response is […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Many Shades of Microagression As we engage with members of culturally marginalized groups, our words and actions can cause hurt and do harm.  In his book, “Microaggressions in Everyday Life,” Derald Wing Sue teaches us about our impact, whether intended or not, through three types of microaggressions.  Micro-insults. Micro-assaults. Micro-invalidations.   Micro-insults are rude, insensitive […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Look for Learning Opportunities Learning opportunities abound, especially when you’re in culturally diverse groups.  To wake up your awareness of the disparate impact of certain behaviors on people of color and white women, take a more objective look at the dynamics that occur during meetings, in public spaces, even in personal relationships.  […]

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