You know what they say about assumptions.

 Is what you see accurate? I am not an especially smart human being. My life is a box set of lessons learned the hard way. I am the guy that still has to burn my hand on the stove from time to time, I guess it makes a better story than taking your word for   [Read More...]

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Potpourri Post! Catching up on stuff, asking for HELP!, soliciting feedback…

Been a busy few weeks! Hope that things are well with you as summer is winding down. Spent a bunch of time in the beautiful city of Nashville recently, working with a client and have been to Chicago, Lake of the Ozarks and Richmond to do work since then. And there was a quick trip   [Read More...]

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Diversity Training pt 2 (the basics)

This is what happens. The leadership of an organization comes to feel like they need to “do something” relative to diversity and inclusion. So they hire some person to do some training. And maybe the facilitator is good, maybe people actually like the training. And the training comes to an end and everyone has a   [Read More...]

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The Blueprint: Inclusion by Design

I think that intentions and aspirations have changed in the business community. There are still plenty of folks who could not be paid to participate in a conversation about diversity and inclusion, and there are still plenty of folks just going through the motions, but I do believe there are more and more people realizing   [Read More...]

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Diversity Training pt 1 (the initial challenge)

Last week I introduced a series of posts I am going to write regarding diversity training and at least some initial ideas of the specific issues that I will focus on. As I get additional feedback and input, the length of this series and the topics that I focus on will likely evolve. It is   [Read More...]

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Get off of the sideline.

James Garner passed this weekend. I grew up watching both Maverick and Rockford Files, and was sad to hear the news. One of the things that I did not know about Garner is that there was a bit of civil rights activism in his past. I do not know how big of a part of   [Read More...]

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Here’s the problem with the Golden Rule…

originally posted in 2011… I recently participated in a panel discussion about leadership.  The conversation was specifically focused on a leaders role in creating an inclusive organizational culture, and the whole thing just made me very scratchy. I tried to not make a big stink during the conversation, but I felt that we were way   [Read More...]

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Because diversity training is just the worst, isn’t it?

Is there anything in the wild world of work that elicits more eye-rolling, arm-crossing, sighing for effect, air quotes, and sphincter-puckering than diversity training? There is a real fire and ice dynamic to my work. About half of my speaking engagements are for conferences and similar kinds of events. These audiences are generally forward leaning,   [Read More...]

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Diversity and Affinity: The Grand Balance

Diversity means difference. Not because I say so, but because the dictionary says so. Difference is relational; existing between people, not in people. You have to be different from someone, the relationship is inherent. It exists inside of relationships, and it exists inside of all relationships, interactions and exchanges between human beings. Anytime two or more   [Read More...]

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Calling B.S. on the “war for talent.”

There has been a great deal of conversation over the past couple decades around the so-called war for talent. Books and whitepapers have been written. Hours have been billed and speeches have been given. Talent certainly matters, and there is certainly competition for talent, but what remains unaddressed inside most organizations is the war on   [Read More...]

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