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21 Inconvenient Truths About Power and Emotions

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One glaring omission in much diversity and inclusion (D&I) work today is the lack of attention to power dynamics.  Interculturalists are skilled at articulating cultural differences, but most miss the ways power inequities affect relationships and behavior.  Corporate D&I trainers sometimes allude to power differences, but rarely provide skill-building on […]

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Sending All Employees to Racial Bias Training Unlikely to Solve Starbucks’ Problem

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Once again, someone in an organization made a poor behavior choice whose harmful consequences were recorded and made public. This time it was coffee giant Starbucks, and once again, people are freaking out. Starbucks is freaking out so much, the company is investing millions of dollars to close 8,000 stores […]

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12 Reasons Ending Racism is (Also) Good for White People

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It’s a familiar bleeding-heart refrain sung in support of liberal initiatives, or to push back on conservatives: “Millions will suffer/are suffering! We can’t let this happen!” Lately we’re singing it a lot in response to hot topics like police shootings, poverty, the GOP’s proposed healthcare bill, and DeVos’s education budget. […]

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Dismissal of the Women’s March and #BLM Uncovers Why They’re Needed

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Mere days have passed since the historic global Women’s March, and one of the topics buzzing around social media is the discontent some non-participants felt about the event. One view is that the march was unnecessary because women have all the rights we need and the only thing stopping us […]

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Six Ideas Progressives Need to Get Clear in a Trump World

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This didn’t feel like an election. I’ve voted in elections and weathered their results, for better or worse, for 28 years. This felt more like a relationship breakup, or the death of a loved one. I’ve also weathered those – the shock, betrayal, grief, anger and disorientation. The waves of […]

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Let Go of Perfect and Wear the Safety Pins Already

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A week has passed since the election, and there’s been lively debate among progressives about whether or not to wear safety pins.  Initiated by an American living in the UK, the safety pin spread there as a protest against the BREXIT vote and the xenophobia it represented.  On this side […]

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

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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 […]

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6 Reasons Why “All Lives Matter” Is Neither Fair Nor Helpful

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One week: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas.  Finally, the number of White people moved to action against racism is reaching a tipping point, yet tired clichés like “violence isn’t the answer” and “we must unite” threaten to keep us stuck.  “All Lives Matter” is perhaps the kindest and least helpful […]

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

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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 […]

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