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I’m in the business of change. Whether that is changing hearts and minds or complex institutional systems, change is at the core of everything I do and believe. However, just like every other human brain, my brain is not immune to bias and often cues beliefs opposite to the hope for change. In this post, I share a story from a client engagement that I recall as often as necessary to remind myself that people can change, no matter how challenging they might be. The post is summed up by five takeaways and strategies, with a fun, bonus pop culture reference that involves a shark. Swish swish! Read on to understand what that means.
2020. Four syllables and no context, and there is an almost implicit understanding and collective sigh about the associated challenges of the year. In this year-in-review post, I reflect on 2020, recap the numbers, capture the highlights I’m celebrating, and countdown the top read posts.
Call-out and cancel culture is the dark side of the social justice movement. It is toxic, unproductive, and an inefficient form of activism, twisting learning opportunities into performative battles. Even in the face of the incomprehensible, we can call people IN. In this post, I offer encouragement to operate from a place of kindness and inclusivity, and tips on how to do so.
Three thoughtful and interesting articles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have come across my feeds this week, and I wanted to share them with you with some tips on how to process them and make them learning tools for you and your colleagues.
Is diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice a left-wing agenda or liberal propaganda? Whether you find yourself considering this to be true, or interacting with people who do, I’ve got some strategies to help you. Option 1 is to be STILL, and the second is to think of RBG. Read on to see what I mean!
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Have you ever found out that you had consistently mispronounced someone’s name and were shocked and embarrassed when you finally found out? This happened to me recently with a friend, and it reminded me of an exchange with my mother when I was about 18. Saying someone’s name and saying it correctly is important to building inclusive environments. In this post, I’ll share a story and leave you with some strategies.