Diversity is meaningless without inclusion. We all want to feel valued and heard. Every single one of us. Look for the commonalities. Look for ways to connect. Build bridges.
This video highlights the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. Starring a group of Accenture people, this video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways—and that each of us has the power to make a difference.
Unchecked biases can not only harm any attempts for a creative culture but can adversely affect your employees’ well-being and ability to create and innovate.
I joined Genein Letford on the Create and Grow Rich podcast to discuss why these hidden beliefs and build a culture of civility where all employees are valued and respected.
Don’t create a culture of diversity and inclusion because you want to protect yourself legally. Do it because it is the right and just thing to do. Why we lead directly translates into how we lead. Why we make decisions creates a standard on how we make decisions. If the only reason we prioritize gender or racial equality in the workplace is so we do not get sued, then we will probably be very good at writing policies and bringing in rubber stamp training programs that everyone despises. But, if we truly believe that every human being is as valuable as any other human being, regardless of their gender or race, then we will create a culture of D & I.
When we act with these intentions, this “Why”, it becomes very clear in all of our actions that we embrace diversity and inclusion, and we reject discrimination and racism. It is in these cultures where leaders create high performing teams and organizational excellence. For a deeper dive, check out this week's, Leadership Excellence podcast episode with Danny Langloss.
Contagious. Energetic. Fun. Passionate. Raw. Authentic. Just a few words to describe my experience with Scott. I had the pleasure of being a guest on my good friend, L. Scott Ferguson's podcast, Time to Shine Today. He welcomed me with open arms and he is definitely the person you want to go to Level Up your life.
Knowledge Nuggets and Take-Aways
1. Get back to basics when it comes to communication.
2. Provide psychological safety within your company where everyone feels included.
3. Share factual information with your teams to expand their awareness.
4. Be vulnerable and share the lessons you are learning with your team.
5. Be flexible, there is always room to grow.
6. Little things matter. Time to get to know yourself and also check in on other people, help those who may be struggling.
You will definitely not be bored listening to this podcast- check it out!
Susan Ganz and I talked about why I am passionate about creating work environments and company cultures that empower people to be part of the decision-making process and be their authentic selves.
Scott Mason and I had a lively discussion on my commitment to my purpose — maximizing organizational success by ensuring civil internal cultures. We had an intense discussion about: how I had to work through my own biases, limiting beliefs, and reactions to workplace abuse before I had the true inner fire to stand up for others. We discussed how organizations can deal with trauma after a bully leaves — and whether a workplace can ever be TOO civil. Also, we talked about why every organizational leader can benefit from self-improvement work, and the surprising ways that work can elevate the workplace to a whole new level.
Systemic Diversity & Inclusion Group hosted a panel regarding the harmful and insidious effects of bias in artificial intelligence. Watch our discussion with Joseph Nwoye, Ed.D., Sedleigh Adams, Robert Maisel, MBA, Christina Taft, Godson Chukwuemeka David Rowell, and Olayide Olumeko for diverse perspectives on this important topic.
First podcast of 2021! I joined Mari-Lynn Harris to share my experiences and perspectives on how to create a healthier workplace culture. Kindness & Happiness. Workplace Wellness.
For this special holiday edition of #NoBS I am joined John Carlos, Chris Lin, Sarah Phelps, and Joe Motes. We talked about our hard lessons learned in 2020, leadership advice, shared our hopes for 2021. Let's make 2021 the best year yet!
Enrique Gonzalez and I chat about how leadership and civility are critical components to keeping the lawsuits away. Civility is the best defense against future lawsuits.
John Carlson, Chris Lin and I discussed the Big Elephant in the room. An honest and relevant discussion on how to truly achieve on diversity and inclusion. Let's address how to remove barriers and focus on creating cultures where incivility will no longer be tolerated.
Leadership is a critical component. Joseph Bogdan and I talk about how important it is for leaders to lead by example and to empower others to be a part of the solution to create better cultures.
I joined Tony Navy on The Small Leadership Edge Show to provide practical guidance to leaders on legal compliance issues.
I prefer to help resolve conflict than to litigate it. I talk about how my journey has shaped the work I do today with Kimberly Rice the Changemakers Podcast.
Why do most cases end up in court? Why is there a high burnout rate in tgal field?
Why is there a scarcity mindset in the legal field? Sulavon Bollinger and I had a lively discussion on her show, Sulavon’s SheShed, where she invites viewers into a playful, warm, and friendly environment to share their stories.
How can bullying affect the workplace?
Toxic employees who inflict harm and leave psychological scars on its victims. Left unchallenged, bullies may even trigger workplace violence from the person being bullied or escalate their bad behavior into violence themselves.
Let's humanize the workplace! Learn how you can spot and stop workplace bullying before you lose valuable team members or productivity suffers.
Sha Sparks and I had a lively discussion on The Power of Investing in People Podcast about how important it is to create a work environment that maximizes the potential of all people.
This plan needs to embrace diversity - you need to valuing diversity both from interpersonally and institutionally. We discuss how there is no one size fits all solution since we are all unique. We need to level the playing field for each employee so they can be successful and productive.
Clifton Pettyjohn and I talk about my experiences and how they have significantly shaped my advocacy work for social justice.
Chris Lin and I discuss how law can integrate with the employee experience and why it's important for organizations to go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the law. We discuss civility, developing a values-driven culture, unconscious bias, and cyberbullying in the workplace.
We tackle the word BIAS in this Clearly Off Topic Show. Clearly Off Topic Podcast delivers a weekly dose of gratitude, growth moments, and non-judgemental wit. LA-based best friends Lindsay Nicole and Juliet Lemar candidly share their missteps, wins, and adventures while attempting to become better humans. All while reminding us that no one really has it all figured out.
On November 15, 2020, I joined Sheetal Ohri on Bollywood 92.3 FM - Bay area's premier Indian music station. We discussed civility and crisis leadership strategies for small businesses.
I stopped by The Inclusion Cafe to talk with Joseph Motes about unconscious bias in the workplace. I provide practical insights and perspectives on how to mitigate bias to improve relationships and foster inclusion.
Joanne Victoria and I discuss why civility is the solution to prevent lawsuits on The Sanity Project Podcast. Every individual needs to be a part of the solution.
When everything seems out of our control, we can let go of unconscious beliefs that may be holding us back from reaching our full potential and negatively impacting our relationships.
Listen to my chat with LaChelle Adkins, America's Supermom and coach who is passionate about sharing her experiences to help empower women through coaching to overcome life’s obstacles and live a fulfilled life.
What do you do, and what does it mean, when there is a new awareness of the impact of the words we use and actions we take? Steve Gamlin and I discuss this topic on the Motivational Firewood Chat Podcast.
Excited to share my perspective on WE THE SCENARIO podcast - a podcast that encourages youth to find the power within themselves. I hope my message empowered disadvantaged youth realize their full potential and live up to their abilities.
Check out Dwayne Aikens Jr.'s We Lead Ours (WELO), a non-profit organization, has a proven track record for responsible community building and development. At WELO, youth are exposed to positive, enriching environments filled with educational, community, and service orientated activities - activities that help build self-esteem, good communication, and strong personal values.
Sejal Thakkar Rising Above The Obstacles, Using Her Experiences & Story to Create Positive Changes. I share my story on the Red Bra Project Show with Renee Baus and Shawna Cullen.
So how why has incivility skyrocketed, and what can be done to eliminate it?
Incivility include a range of behaviors from insensitive, rude, unprofessional to illegal harassment or discrimination. Certain trends cause incivilty to rise. Watch Oleg Lougheed and I discuss how to mitigate incivility at work on his podcast.
On this episode of Felony Friday, Sejal Thakkar joins John Odermatt to discuss how to create respectful work environments.
Whitnie Wiley and I chat about my professional journey and lessons I have learned along the way on this episode of Love Your Work. Let's get vulnerable!
Preview of what's to come in our June 12th workshop in which Sabrina Meherally, LeRon Barton and I will challenge the South Asian identity - with a focus on history, beliefs, stereotypes and behaviors toward the Black community - so that we can build a shared future of promise and opportunity.
On the Close the Deal Show with Terrance McRae, we discuss why the focus needs to be on prevention when considering best practices for anti-harassment measures. Waiting around until something rises to legally actionable is going to be a problem for your organization and employers' efforts to eradicate sexual harassment are often misguided because they focus on compliance, claim prevention and defense instead of striving to create cultures grounded in mutual respect.
Social justice explored deeper. It is a social responsibility of all of us to ensure people with power who hold access to opportunities are distributing it with equity. Diversity isn't isolated. Time to rethink how social justice is integrated into the spaces you create.
Include this video in EVERY diversity and inclusion training. It HAS to be in the conversation.
For organizations that center values of equity and justice, managing the people-oriented aspects of the business during a crisis like COVID-19 presents both challenges and opportunities. We had a candid conversation with human resource professionals who lead with their values and are making the best decisions they can make for their employees and their organizations.
Outbreaks create fear and fear is a key ingredient for racism. We are impacted by what we hear or see in the news/internet. In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in racism directed toward Asian Americans tied to fears of Covid-19. We discuss how employers can proactively respond by educating employees to ward off potential stigmatization and take steps to protect its employees from discrimination or harassment.
Watch Sejal share her views on why civility and unconscious bias are key components to mitigating harassment and other predatory behaviors at work.
Read more about how pandemic levels of stress results in online aggression and remote bullying between coworkers.
Read more about how employers can help deter potential culture clashes and conflicts and other legal issues to impact employers in California in 2020.
I look for the positive in situations and people to help others. We are all in this fight together. Check out my latest podcast on my journey to empower civility in the workplace.
I refuse to allow ignorance, insensitivity, and the bullying conduct of others impact her inner “ninja”. We cannot be complacent bystanders and expect our workplace cultures to change by themselves. Check out my latest podcast and listen to my practical guidance on why a holistic approach centered around respect is critical to creating a culture of civility.
As a passionate advocate for civility, we need everyone to be a part of the solution. Here is an excellent toolkit by the Human Rights Campaign to help your company get started on your commitment to trangender inclusion. As a trainer and lawyer, I can start or end the conversation. But I can't do it alone. This is an excellent resource to help you.
Read about mandatory sexual harasment training requirements and why employers must do more than just checking the box to promote civility in the workplace.
Ask Jose. After sending out resumes for months on end without a callback, Jose changed his name to Joe and sent his resume to the same employers. Instantly, he started getting calls from these employers who suddenly were willing to consider his job application, and many wanted to interview him. Do you wonder why? Watch the video.
There are still many instances of unconscious bias in the world. Signs of intolerance are present every day due to prejudices that have developed over the course of a lifetime. Whether it is conformity bias, beauty bias, affinity bias, similarity bias, confirmation bias, or any other type of bias. It must be addressed head-on, talk about it, and educate everyone with the knowledge and understanding that everyone is different — and in many more ways than the color of their skin, their accent, religion, race, sexual preference or orientation or any other protected category.
The problem is most companies are not ready to talk deeply and engage in complex conversations around gender, race, or diversity. For unconscious bias training to be successful we must examine cultural differences. It is FINALLY time to start talking about the PURPLE ELEPHANT in the room.
Why I decided to become a legal training ninja? Listen to my story on The Erica Glessing Show Podcast to find out!
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