Executive Leadership Development

Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth

Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth Published June 22, 2022 Not long ago, I was asked to give a Juneteenth talk. I said “no.”  Break it down:  I didn’t know what Juneteenth was until a few years ago. My parents grew up in Guyana, and our family didn’t move to the United States until I was …

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The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress

The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress Published June 8, 2022 I think it’s a bunch of performative BS. 😬 That’s my honest opinion on companies that overlay their logos with rainbows for Pride Month.  Does that sound harsh? Does it give you a twinge of defensiveness? Let’s talk about it.  Break it down:  Rainbow …

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When are you going to start leading?

When are you going to start leading? Published May 24, 2022 This newsletter is called Simply Diversity for a reason. Every other week, I provide reflections and actions that are easy to say, easy to write and easy to do.  Unless, perhaps, you are in a leadership role. Then, for some reason, these simple demonstrations of humanity …

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How labels hide the real data on diversity

How labels hide the real data on diversity Published May 11, 2022 AANHPI.  Do you know what that acronym stands for?  If you live in the United States, you might recognize it. Or, you might think, that looks a lot like AAPI. But if you don’t consume much media from the U.S., AANHPI is likely meaningless. AANHPI …

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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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