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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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. […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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.  […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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, […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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, […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

 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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →