Spirit of Purpose · Challenge Your Biased Assumptions A few days ago, I went to the hardware store in search of four M4X16 screws.  While I needed expert assistance, none was available.  Another shopper – a white man – was searching through a neighboring rack of fasteners.  His sleeveless shirt and shorts revealed heavily tattooed arms, shoulders, neck […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Unintended Impact of Bias & Prejudice In any context in which we find ourselves, bias and prejudice are harmful.  A sponsor of indifference, exclusion, unfair treatment, hardened divisions, even violence, bias and prejudice hinder teamwork, diminish workplace productivity, detract from customer satisfaction, and devalues those who are the subjects of such injustice.  […]

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To take a few new steps on your journey to inclusion, journal your responses to the following three questions.  As you write, consider how your behavior might show up in the experience of others who are culturally different from you along any number of dimensions of cultural diversity: When it comes to inclusion, my habit or […]

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Many people in our country have been hurt and are hurting for way, way too long.  Yes, wounds are inflicted as people engage in the broader society.  And we have to be honest and say, they’re also inflicted in the workplace…in your workplace.  You, especially if you’re a leader, have the power to make significant, […]

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According to Gallup, by 2025, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.  They will be the majority of the rank and file and hold the majority of leadership positions. This bodes well for companies that are embracing diversity and inclusiveness.   Gallup contributors Camille Patrick and Ella Washington say Millennials are uniquely positioned to advance this workplace […]

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The benefits of diversity in the workplace have long been studied and found to make excellent business sense. But often we leave the execution and follow through of our company’s diversity efforts to others.  Sometimes, competing priorities means that your company may not be as fully engaged as is required to actually reap the benefits. No matter what […]

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As companies strive to become more diverse and inclusive, Gallup says leaders first need to understand the difference between the two terms.  They sum it up with the words of Netflix CEO Verna Myers, who says “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” For strategies on this front to truly hold, […]

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We often focus exclusively on education and what we must learn to propel ourselves forward. Continual learning is critical for anyone who values keeping pace with the expectations of today’s business environment. But, just as there is much to learn, there are also many things we must unlearn to make room for real growth and […]

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Addressing performance issues is one of the most challenging aspects of managing people. The conversations are difficult, potentially explosive. Corrective action plans add another layer to your responsibilities and if performance doesn’t improve, a job is lost and moral is threatened. The situation is not only complicated on the surface, but there are hidden forces […]

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 Increased innovation, the engine that keeps companies alive, is often touted as a benefit of diversity and inclusion. Yet many companies still struggle to make the changes needed to achieve diversity and inclusion. In a 2017 Ted Talk, Rocio Lorenzo, a telecommunications and media advisor, shares the results of research she conducted with the […]

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Summer Reading Suggestion for Personal Growth Summer is a great time to work on personal growth and your summer reading list is one of the best places to start. Here are a few suggestions. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath is a follow up to Gallup’s wildly successful online tool that helped millions discover their top […]

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