Policies and Procedures

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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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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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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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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How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬

How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬 Published September 29, 2021 During a client training session, someone asked, “what do you do when you hear a microaggression and you want to say something, but you don’t feel you have enough power?”  In other words: how do you speak up without putting yourself …

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Workplaces suck! But they don’t have to.

Workplaces suck! But they don’t have to. Published September 1, 2021 Workplaces suck. There, I said it.  This realization has been creeping on employee after employee for months now: my job is terrible. Why am I tolerating it?  So here we are in the Great Resignation. But “resignation” is the wrong word for what we’re going through. So …

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How to determine if your workplace is worth leaving

How to determine if your workplace is worth leaving Published August 18, 2021 Employees aren’t messing around. A lot of people — especially underrepresented, undervalued and underpaid people — are on the brink of saying, [email protected]&% this. I’m quitting my job.  Break it down:  The Great Resignation is upon us, but the underlying problem is not new. Workplaces …

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