Stacey Gordon

When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail?

When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail? Published February 9, 2022 You can’t see the view from a tower when you’re still standing on the ground.  From the ground, all you see are walls. Your perspective is limited, and you can’t possibly know what the vista will be from the top.  […]

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Let’s take DEI straight to the top

Let’s take DEI straight to the top Published January 26, 2022 I’m known for being direct and getting right to the point, so here it is: Too many companies offering DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) workshops and trainings to their employees are doing things backwards.  They’re taking a bottom up approach and it’s hurting their progress

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A DEI storm is coming. Are you prepared?

A DEI storm is coming. Are you prepared? Published January 12, 2022 Imagine riding out a winter storm in a beautiful, snowy lodge.  You have a warm fire crackling and a mug of something hot in your hands. You’ve got boardgames, movies, and thick blankets. You’re surrounded by people you enjoy. The snowfall is beautiful!

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The superficial action that’s keeping DEI work stuck

The superficial action that’s keeping DEI work stuck Published December 1, 2021 I hear this refrain regularly from clients and keynote audiences: “we need to have a serious conversation about race / inclusion / gender / transphobia / ableism.”  But when I hear it I often wonder — do you REALLY mean that? Are you READY

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Let’s be Blunt (because subtle isn’t working)

Let’s be Blunt (because subtle isn’t working) Published November 10, 2021 My client was struggling. He was a senior leader who had been learning about unconscious bias, privilege, and allyship for some time. That learning sparked an awareness of a troubling pattern on his team, in the form of comments like these: “Doesn’t he realize

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The most important yet overlooked question about DEI

The most important yet overlooked question about DEI Published October 27, 2021 I work with a lot of good people: executives, VPs, team leaders, and more who want to do what’s right.  But sometimes — lots of times — things go wrong. Take this CEO whom I’ll call John: he wanted to create an inclusive

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How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬

How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬 Published September 29, 2021 During a client training session, someone asked, “what do you do when you hear a microaggression and you want to say something, but you don’t feel you have enough power?”  In other words: how do you speak up without putting yourself

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We need to talk about microaggressions

We need to talk about microaggressions Published September 15, 2021 This conversation stopped me in my tracks.  The prospective client wanted to hire Rework Work to deliver a DEI training. For the topic, I suggested microaggressions: The client: “That sounds really interesting. What are microaggressions?”  Me: 😱 😬 😞 Break it down:  It reminded me

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Workplaces suck! But they don’t have to.

Workplaces suck! But they don’t have to. Published September 1, 2021 Workplaces suck. There, I said it.  This realization has been creeping on employee after employee for months now: my job is terrible. Why am I tolerating it?  So here we are in the Great Resignation. But “resignation” is the wrong word for what we’re going through. So

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How to determine if your workplace is worth leaving

How to determine if your workplace is worth leaving Published August 18, 2021 Employees aren’t messing around. A lot of people — especially underrepresented, undervalued and underpaid people — are on the brink of saying, F@&% this. I’m quitting my job.  Break it down:  The Great Resignation is upon us, but the underlying problem is not new. Workplaces

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