Tag Archives: personal growth

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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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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How I Learned To Love Black People: Confessions Of A Good White Person

I read the title of this piece and feel uneasy. I can already hear the voices of my confused friends, my protesting colleagues and the bigots.  I’m writing it anyway.  More honesty is what’s needed to heal and move forward, and honesty requires courage. On paper I look like a model “Good White Person.” I’ve…

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‘The 6 C’s’ to Showing Up as a White Ally

Trying to be a good white person can be frustrating, challenging and downright bewildering.  White people have few role models — outside bigots and hate groups — on how to talk about race, behave with people of color, or be a white ally and doing so in the workplace is extra daunting because of the fear of…

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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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‘Not Judging’ Doesn’t Work: Mindful Discernment Does

As a professional in diversity, inclusiveness and leadership, I often hear clients talk about “not judging” as a positive goal. I especially notice white people going out of their way to “not judge” others and to be perceived as nonjudgmental. As is sometimes the case with good people starting out on their personal diversity journey,…

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Are You a Change Agent? Reason #4: Changing for the Wrong Reasons

What are the deep motivations driving you? What is at the very heart of your work? Sometimes I ask my clients “why?” to the point of irritation: Why is inclusion critical for your organization’s success? Why is fairness or equal opportunity something to strive for? Why do you want to end institutional racism? Why is…

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Are You a Change Agent? Reason #5 You’re Not Changing Things (Enough!)

The world is changing. There are more humans alive today than the sum of all humans who lived before us. Breathtaking technologies connect us with an unprecedented variety of people, languages, customs, geographies and challenges almost instantly. The world needs change. Humans haven’t (yet) evolved to effectively manage our caveman instincts in the face of…

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Women, Stop Apologizing So Much

I notice it most when I’m traveling for business. Whether it’s navigating airport security, negotiating a crowd of wanderers, ordering food, squeezing into an airplane seat, accessing the overhead bin, or trying to pass a slow walker on the ramp when deboarding, women are constantly apologizing. I hear “sorry” in a female voice at least…

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White people owe Black people a tremendous debt – still unpaid

It took me over a year to feel ready to see 12 Years a Slave. Two weeks ago I finally saw the Oscar winner. It was as brutal and stunning as I expected, and I sobbed through most of the last 15 minutes. On a roll, I watched The Butler a couple days later, and…

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