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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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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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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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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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What to do when ego blocks inclusion

What to do when ego blocks inclusion Published July 7, 2021 Imagine you’re boarding an airplane, when suddenly the person in front of you wrenches open the cockpit door and demands that the pilot explain exactly how she’s going to fly the plane, and why every maneuver is important to safely reach your destination. That would be extremely inappropriate and bizarre, wouldn’t …

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Wanna be inclusive? Correct pronoun use is NOT negotiable

Wanna be inclusive? Correct pronoun use is NOT negotiable Published June 23, 2021 I had a prospective client ask me recently about offering unconscious bias education for their employees:  “Great,” I said. “What in particular do you want to cover: Gender? Race? Pronoun use? The person paused and said, “We’d like to offer the workshop… …

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Think being politically correct takes extra effort? Spoiler alert: you’re already doing it!

Think being politically correct takes extra effort? Spoiler alert: you’re already doing it! Published April 28, 2021 Raise your hand if you’ve heard — or said! — some version of the following: You can’t say anything these days! I can’t stand how politically correct we have to be. People are too sensitive. I think a lot …

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