The Somewhere of Bias

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Whether we like it or not, everyone has bias. As much as many of us want to think of ourselves as unbiased, we are products of our personal history, messages we’ve received growing up from people around us, the media, peers and people in authority. We’ve also learned to interpret events based on our experiences and individual perspectives. Because we…

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Does Your Organization Suffer From "Hidden Genius Constipation"

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Does Your Organization Suffer From These Symptoms of “Hidden Genius Constipation”? 1- People in your organization have great ideas for new products and services but they have no  outlet to express them. Innovation stays in the realm of the product development team, or with your “regular” stars. No matter how diverse your workforce is, if people can’t show what they can…

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How to Support LGBT Inclusion #1 Check Bias

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1- We can all benefit by becoming aware of our biases, not only about people who are different, but even about what we’ve heard about our own groups. Be open to the fact that you may have some unconscious stereotypes about LGBT people. Those stereotypes lead to assumptions about what an LGBTQ person may be thinking or why they are…

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Is It Your Clone?

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner! Is It Diversity? In 1967 there was a comedy-drama about interracial marriage with Sydney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, Beah Richards, and Spender Tracy. Interracial marriage was still illegal in some states when the film was made. At the time, the film and its subject were a “big deal.” While there are still people who “shudder” at…

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Why You May Be Killing Diversity and Losing Employee Brain-Power

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The best way to lose great employees is to promote the wrong people based on narrow criteria. The President of one of my client companies asked for my help. Women and people of color in his division were leaving and being hired by his competitor. When I spoke to the vice-president of  that division, he complained that people of color and women…

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Are Your Employees Sending Their "Robot Surrogates" to Work

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Are Your Employees Sending Their Robot Surrogates to Work? Several years ago, we conducted an organizational assessment for the president of a mid-size company who wanted to build a more diverse workforce. As a result of the assessment, we helped his executive team revamp their recruiting and hiring strategy to be more inclusive, and increase diversity amongst their new hires….

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Three Ways to Prevent Discrimination in Your Business

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Three Ways to Prevent  Discrimination in Your Business Whether discrimination is unintentional or intentional, the impact is the same, and no amount of rationalization makes it acceptable.  Here are three ways you can prevent discrimination in your business. 1- Be conscious of your personal biases and learns to filter them out. Bias and wrong assumptions won’t go away without intervention….

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Racing With Howard Schultz

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When Howard Schultz announced the “Race Together Campaign,” he was met with criticism by those in denial that there are any issues regarding race in the US, and by social activists who said he “did it wrong.” Schultz may not have “done his research,” or created a working foundation for baristas and customers to have constructive discussions on race, but…

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