HR Daily Advisor | Dec 13, 2023

5 Crucial Skills You’ll Gain When You Work Toward Understanding Marginalized Employees

“How we show up with others is really a reflection of how we view ourselves.”

My grandmother used to offer this piece of wisdom, and as we think about our diversity advocacy, it is worth remembering that our equity and belonging work is not about saving others as much as it is about growing and evolving ourselves. As we look to support our peers and colleagues who are marginalized based on their identities (i.e., age, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, etc.), the benefits for the inclusive leader are noteworthy.

Training Industry | Dec 7, 2023

Story Listening: The Skill All Modern Leaders Need

Story listening is the ability to discern and understand the realities, perceptions and sensibilities of others based on their personal narratives. It’s an important leadership tool to teach in leadership development programs and initiatives for several respects, including:

Quartz at Work | Oct 26, 2023

How to take your diversity efforts off life support

Every so often, I read or hear the provocative take that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts are dead, dying, or should be allowed to expire. Such sentiment is premature and generally self-serving, particularly for those not fully invested in or adequately versed in leading culture change efforts. For the hundreds of global organizations that have shown true fidelity to DEIB, the idea that it should die is ignoble, especially when data consistently shows that companies that honor DEIB are more profitable.

U.S. News and World Report | Sep 26, 2023

6 Ways to Become a More Inclusive Leader in the Workplace

Social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March and the fight for trans rights have shed light on the need for diversity and representation in all areas of life, including the workplace.

In a 2021 CNBC survey of more than 8,000 employed adults across the U.S., 80% of respondents said they want to work for a company that values diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, also referred to as DEI.

Miami Herald | Jun 27, 2023

Pride is not a performance, it’s a commitment to LGBTQ+ rights

A friend recently asked: “Why is there so much hatred toward the LGBTQ+ community all of a sudden?” The unprecedented wave of anti-LGBTQ+ bias we see today has a history that goes back decades. Whether it was Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children’‘ campaign in Miami-Dade County in 1977 or the nearly 100,000 LGBTQ+ people forced from federal civil service during the last century, our society has a long and sordid history of discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. Fortunately, the lessons of yesteryear can be instructive as we seek to overcome the latest onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and opposition.

Small Business Currents | Jun 19, 2023

The Intersection of Personal Growth and Business Growth

Your organization will not grow if you do not grow. When I share this sentiment with business leaders, sometimes they receive it with intrigue while other times they may regard it with disdain. However, regardless of whether you own a start-up, a family-owned operation, or a boutique commercial enterprise, your ability to grow and evolve has a direct relationship with your level of business success. The question for any of us should be: how do I support my growth as a leader in service to the organizational mission? | Jun 12, 2023

Recognizing Cultural Genius™: The Future Of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Belonging

Historically, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) served as a form of organizational triage to address grievances and correct inequities that institutions created by internalizing historically based systems of oppression. Over time, leaders and practitioners took a more “diversity mature” approach and recognized that DEIB work was not only important to avoid litigation but to successfully harness the talents of a multicultural workforce. Along the way, enticing slogans such as “diversity of thought” were offered as perhaps the preeminent benefit of supporting DEIB strategically.

The Fox Magazine | Jun 3, 2023

Transformational Leadership Skills We Can Learn From The LGBTQ+ Community: The Souls Of Queer Folk

In the book, Dr. Davis Brown demonstrates how the values and norms of the LGBTQ+ community are instructive for leaders in all types of business and industry and can serve as the foundation for a bold, new brand of transformative leadership. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, he conducted a study to illuminate the lived experiences and cultural values of the LGBTQ+ community. Based on that research, he developed 9 leadership dimensions that show how understanding the cultural imprint of the LGBTQ+ community is essential for organizations to be employers of choice and for global communities to maintain their vitality.