Sometimes I find the idea of diversity as a controversial topic utterly ridiculous. The so-called controversy is mostly about people’s inability or unwillingness to deal with discomfort. Without quoting a bunch of hard stats related to the composition of the population, the immense purchasing power of minority groups, the mélange of demographics and their impact … Continue reading The Association between Diversity and Controversy Is Played Out
The need for speed in business does not excuse an organization from taking the time to create and execute a thoughtful, sincere and diversity-friendly talent strategy – not when your customers and employee base are potentially diverse. Ask Uber. The company is finding that out firsthand given the rash of problems the once exalted startup … Continue reading Uber: Beware Diversity Debt
I think about happiness a lot. I don’t know if it’s on my mind because so many in the country and in the workplace seem to be unhappy these days, but how to be and stay happy gets a lot of my energy, and I don’t mind giving it. I ran across this Forbes article, … Continue reading 6 Things Minorities Can Do to Stay Sane at Work
I met a fabulous young woman on a flight to New York this week. It was a quick trip to the Big Apple to accept my Folio award — I’m a top woman in media for 2016 — and I expected to sleep, but we struck up a conversation. Before we knew it the plane … Continue reading How Do You Treat Young Talent?
In 1969 American poet and writer Maya Angelou wrote an autobiography called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” That’s where this blog title came from. In the book she talked about racism and sexism in her early years, feeling alone, trapped by her blackness, her talents stifled. I can relate. It’s no longer 1969, … Continue reading I Know Why the Caged Employee Sings
I follow a stripper on Instagram, @Cardi_BB. She’s crass, rude, swears like a sailor, is as far from politically correct as is possible for anyone to be and she’s absolutely hilarious. She makes me laugh, makes me think and occasionally, she makes me sad.
She’s not a victim, whining about her self-imposed plight, but occasionally, she’ll drop a nugget in one of her many videos that makes me think about stereotypes, authenticity, and the unfair way many of us assume that all of one thing is all one way.
For example, all strippers are out to steal your man. I actually don’t know if they are or not — I seriously doubt it — but I know they work for their money just like every other person in a workplace, and they pay taxes — whether they do that correctly is none of my business — as such, they should be entitled to the same minimum expectations of any other workplace: safety, for instance. Continue reading “Strippers Are Employees Too #diversity #talentmanagement #gender #discrimination”
To mitigate tension between young and older workers – especially regarding Millennials – give ’em what they want – flexibility and feedback. It’s the only way to ensure workplace interactions are respectful and productive. Continue reading How to Close Generation Gap 2.0 #diversity #Millennials #work