Bias

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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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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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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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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