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
It’s gloomy, it’s overcast, it’s inauguration day. I gotta say, I’m sad. I watched on CNN as the Obamas left the White House for the last time, and it truly felt like the end of an era. Not just because I have no idea what the next four years will bring, but because The Obamas … Continue reading It’s the End of an Era. The Obamas Leave Office.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you may want to wait to read this. Oh, heck. Read it anyway. It’s so good you may not mind a peek behind the curtain. I saw Hidden Figures last week. I expected it to be good, and it was. Taraji P. Henson (playing Katherine G. … Continue reading Is Your Workplace Hiding Talent?
I do not like stereotypes. They’re simplistic and occasionally – maybe more than occasionally – stupid. And while there is some truth to them – in the same way people who share an astrological sign also share some personality traits – large group assumptions are so easy to disprove it’s ridiculous. There’s always one or … Continue reading Millennials Dig Diversity
So this week everyone’s talking about pussy grabbing. I’m not being vulgar, that literally is what everyone’s talking about thanks to Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. By now you’ve probably heard snippets from the recording released last Friday of Trump boasting to now suspended Today Show host Billy Bush how fame meant he could do anything … Continue reading Dude, Don’t Grab the Pussy – Especially Not at Work
Last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson addressed some 1,700 ERG members about race. Not about business and race or the future or new products and services in a racial context – he spoke candidly about race, period. He began by addressing the latest news from Dallas, Charlotte, police and black men killed – you’ve likely … Continue reading AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is a Boss
This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
So, my kid’s in town. I think of him as my kid even though he’s my nephew because I raised him. From age six months to five when I left for college, if I wasn’t in school or occasionally doing a play, he was my constant companion. I taught him how to walk, talk, tie … Continue reading I’m in Awe of My Millennial Nephew