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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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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 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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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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