Tag Archives: engagement

Career Mapping – An Innovative Solution to Engaging Diverse Employees

This is a guest piece written in partnership with my colleague and friend, Stan C. Kimer*, the creator of Career Mapping! Over the past several years, discussions on employee engagement and retention have been increasing among organizational leaders.  More and more, they’re asking: “Why is our employee engagement at an all-time low?  Why do our…

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“Old School” Diversity Doesn’t Work; “New School” Diversity Does

If 2016 brought us anything, it’s the death of the status quo. If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that those of us who have a progressive vision for the workplace — and humanity in general — must change our tactics. Evolutionary leaders committed to increasing diversity, equity and inclusiveness in American workplaces aren’t exempt….

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Leading in the Age of Trump and #BlackLivesMatter

With the election just a couple of weeks away, one thing seems certain regardless of the outcome: It’s tough being American right now. Anxieties and tensions are high, and most of us feel threatened by the political rhetoric and what’s at stake, not to mention regular news about police shootings and other violence. As we…

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The Problem With Trying to Make “Them” Like “You”

It starts out with good intentions to celebrate diversity, ensure equity and practice inclusive leadership. You implement employee resource groups for historically underrepresented groups like LGBTs, start a mentoring program for women of color, and equip leaders to coach millennials on workplace norms and professionalism. But after a while you revisit your D&I metrics and…

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“Don’t Take This The Wrong Way” Is The Wrong Way to Provide Feedback

I’m guessing you’ve heard this phrase before. Either it came out of someone else’s mouth, or you said it: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…”  I’m also guessing you know what follows the “but”: an awkward cliché or unflattering feedback, perhaps even a downright insulting or blatantly bigoted or sexist statement. Common examples include: …

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To Assimilate, or Not to Assimilate

I recently had lunch with a dear friend and colleague who used to be my mentee in a former role.  We celebrated his recent professional success, caught him up on mine, and explored next steps after he completes his master’s in public health. The topic of race came up a few times — he is…

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Strategically Increasing Diversity vs. “We’re Too White”

One of the many positive effects of #BlackLivesMatter and the broader visibility of police violence against black people in the U.S. is an increased motivation among white people and their organizations to do something. I recently had yet another conversation with an organizational leader about “doing something,” specifically “increasing our diversity,” which is code for…

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