I spoke to a friend recently who’s in the job market. She’s in a good spot in that she’s already employed, she’s just looking for a better opportunity. But she was grumbling about one particular person she works with who has single handedly spurred her to go hard at her job search. I just laughed. … Continue reading Why Are We Surrounded by so Many Liars?
So, that person’s refusal to concede the election has me thinking about leadership. Mine, the leaders I’ve encountered in the past, and those I’ve been privileged to work with recently. Self-reflection is really something. I think it’s a mark of maturity — especially when you can do it calmly, with an eye on improvement. Not, say, to … Continue reading Leaders Concede. They Know It’s Not the End, Nor Is It a Sign of Weakness
I’m helping put together a diversity-themed event for a client, and an interesting question came up that I want to share with you: Can you have too much diversity? Now, the question originated from a very conservative, white, Christian person, someone who had a work experience where there were apparently a lot of chefs in … Continue reading Can You Have Too Much Diversity?
So, I saw an article on Fast Company today, “5 reasons we need emotionally intelligent leaders in times of crisis.” Are you nodding? Yeah. Me too. Day to day people are struggling. I mean, they’re really struggling. At last count, some 26 million Americans applied for unemployment in the month or so. It’s bananas. Almost completely out … Continue reading Sarcasm, Bleach and Sunlight: I Think I’ll Just Sleep Until Times Get Better
I think it was Reuben, played by Elliott Gould, in the movie Oceans Twelve who said, “Didn’t you see the signs? I saw the signs.” He wasn’t talking about forecasting the future via crystal balls or tea leaves. He was saying, because of the nature of things, common sense suggests, X, Y and Z could be coming, … Continue reading Trump, Tea Leaves and Tragedy: What Makes a Good Leader?
I like to poke fun at my mom when she’s upset about something and says, “I just don’t understand…” I usually laugh and interrupt with, “Yes, you do.” At 79 years of age, as well traveled and hard working as my mom is, there isn’t much she hasn’t seen or experienced, and too much of … Continue reading Sadly, There Are Predators Everywhere
It has been a historic year for black women in pageantry. We’ve seen black women take major crowns before but never in this volume, and never so many in one year. There are five Black women currently holding major pageant titles: Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris, Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss America, Nia Franklin, Miss … Continue reading There’s Something They’re Not Telling You About All These Black Beauty Queens
Okay, so if one of your employees calls you out publicly – using your Twitter account no less – for being, what was it exactly? Ah: “the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with”, there’s a few ways you can handle it. You can take the high road a la … Continue reading How to Check Out for Mental Health Issues If You’re a British MP in a Social Media/Sexual Harassment Scandal
Ordinarily I’m not one to congratulate anyone for doing what they’re supposed to do. I tend to make fun of people who orate at length about how great they are for behaving the right way. You know, because we’re adults, and that’s how we should roll? You know what I mean. Men who brag that … Continue reading Ellen Pompeo, Thank You for Speaking the Truth