Unconscious Bias Education

Two ways you can challenge the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Two ways you can challenge the stigma of mental health in the workplace Published April 20, 2022 “I just stood there naked.” That’s how my colleague Natasha Bowman describes revealing her struggles with mental health. This is how she put it:   Not enough people feel safe discussing their mental health challenges.  Not enough people are able …

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What I DO NOT understand about DEI

What I DO NOT understand about DEI Published April 6, 2022 When comments like this come across my desk, I rarely feel surprise.  I hear some variation of “DEI is only an excuse to give people jobs because of their skin color and not because they earned them” all the time.  But something about this YouTube …

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What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬

What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬 Published March 23, 2022 What started as a post about a child being bullied at school turned into an unconscious bias lesson for the ages. Break it down:  Take a look at the post on the left. What do you assume about the child …

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Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed

Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed Published March 9, 2022 Women are leaders. Notice my verb choice: not women can lead, but women are leaders.  It’s not semantics, it’s perception. Break it down:  That subtle verb choice can mean the difference between hiring a woman to an executive role or keeping her stuck in middle management! Women …

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Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective

Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective Published February 23, 2022 People are thinking too broadly when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  And it’s a problem! Break it down:  Are you scratching your head? Thinking too big is usually encouraged! We’re applauded for being visionary, thinking large, and solving …

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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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