Decision-making

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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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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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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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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The greatest threat to inclusion is this

The greatest threat to inclusion is this Published March 3, 2021 The greatest threat to inclusion is your gut feelings.  Wait, what!? That might sound strange. Isn’t it a good thing to trust your gut?  Sometimes, sure: when you’re making a decision for yourself about a job or relationship, it helps to listen to your gut. But …

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Are you resisting inclusion?

Are you resisting inclusion? Published February 17, 2021 I’ve written in Simply Diversity about what diversity is, why it matters, and why it’s uncomfortable. ‘Diversity-and-inclusion’ are often bundled together (sometimes with ‘equity’ or ‘belonging’ in the mix) but they are NOT the same thing. Break it down: Diversity = differences. Differences are an intrinsic part of who …

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