Tag Archives: organizational development

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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Aligning Intent and Impact for Powerful Diversity and Inclusion Results

Getting crystal clear about your goals and intentions — personally as well as professionally — is the first critical step for diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioners and champions to have positive impact and obtain powerful results. Once goals and intentions are clear, D&I change agents should take two more crucial steps: Step 1: Go out…

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Clarify Your Goals and Intentions for Powerful Diversity and Inclusion Results

So much potential, energy, talent, time, and money are wasted because we aren’t clear. When it comes to diversity and inclusion in particular, many of us lack clarity about our goals, the impact we want to have, or even our intentions. Sometimes we have clear intentions but no idea how to get there. Sometimes we…

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Diversity and Inclusion Programs Don’t Cause Divisiveness, They Respond to Divisions

When an organization commits to creating a more diverse workforce and inclusive environment, one common criticism is that doing so causes divisiveness and unnecessary friction. This criticism can be expressed directly or it can manifest as an undercurrent of unstated resistance. Similar resistance often shows up in response to conversations about race. It often stems…

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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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Anti-intellectualism Harms “Diversity” Efforts and Our Collective Future

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ” ~Isaac Asimov I’ve written that binary thinking – an “either-or” orientation that presents everything as a choice between two opposites –…

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Reason #5 Why Your Diversity Initiative Is Doomed

Training is a frequent, and often necessary, component of any successful diversity and inclusiveness (D&I) initiative, and hiring an external firm to deliver workshops is often a wise business decision. However, it can easily be a waste of money and the precious time participants spend away from their offices if the partner you select is inadequate or…

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Reason #4 Why Your Diversity Initiative Is Doomed

You’ve determined that training is one of your key needs to move D&I (diversity and inclusiveness) forward in your organization and now is the time to start. You’ve identified a training partner who’s a professional with adult learning, training design and facilitation expertise. They are experts in D&I who possess first-hand management experience and a…

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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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