The R-word can set nerves on fire. How do we talk about racism without engaging others' emotions and shutting down their ability to think clearly?
Brandon discusses stereotyping, ostracism, effemiphobia -phenomenon of people not wanting to be associated with the negative parts of themselves & BLM.
Jean talks about relative advantages of implementing policy changes through an incremental approach versus a confrontational, direct action strategy.
Words mean different things in different contexts. How are you to know if the words you are using form a connection – or hinder it?
When self-doubt threatens our purpose and we feel incapable of overcoming, what can we do about it? Jean’s story is of overcoming self-sabotage.
Understanding high and low context is essential to communicating effectively in conversations.
Harnessing our internal strength in battle, we will combat American authoritarianism. Peter posits you cannot fight power without finding your own.
Angela Blanchard built a solid foundation for BakerRipley by not just doing food but building platforms that make it possible to do good.
Who makes a better leader, an introvert or an extrovert? Jean interviews Carol Stewart, who has some unexpected things to say about it.
Well-meaning people adopt ideals of justice - including punitive and restorative. How do we live those ideals?
Dr. Thomas Keith's recent book, The Bro Code, identifies ways in which men are raised that impede their development and relationships with others.
A list of resources to start you on the road to knowledge and understanding about anti-Black racism.
Charles speaks about exploring generational identity and professional lives of Black women. No one has heard any of their stories.
States around the country are banning lessons on systemic racism and critical race theory. Many on both sides having no real idea of what it means.
Four organizational leaders share how they used our Pathfinders and DEI training to become successful inclusive leaders.
From a sense of “otherness” as an Indian in London, Sunita Sehmi developed a coaching practice on belonging as part of people’s needs in the workplace
How do we find the courage? Would we have had the courage to provide Frederick Douglass with false papers, risking our lives to save his?
In these perilous times, we all are familiar with anxiety. As an emotion, it’s universal. How can we tame this anxiety and build resilience?
Jean and Barry Regan explore how your understanding of your own culture affects the way you perceive the world.
Guest blogger this week describes the eye-opening moment when she went from judgmental to grateful and makes a good argument in favor of acceptance.
A community in Fourth Ward, Freedmen’s Town, became the community for former slaves from all over that part of Texas.
Jessica describes the moment when she went from judgmental to grateful, confronts her biases, and makes a good argument in favor of acceptance.
Change is hard. But to create change, one first has to see the structure that keeps the current system in place.
Why do people bully each other? Wendy Harpur, a HR professional, has written on LinkedIn about workplace bullying and talks about her own experience.
In Part 2 of our reflection on anti-Asian bias, we bring you Samantha Wu’s thoughtful post on her personal response to the Atlanta massacre.
Carole Marmell writes about how to stand with Asian Americans: what to know & show support to bridge difference.
In this guest blog post, Jessica Kanzler shares how in her experience with higher education, unconscious bias is more subtle than overt.
Today’s blog post speaks to three strategies you can use to stick to the changes you want to make.
Cindy Wigglesworth deep dives into spiral dynamics; what it represents, how it addresses life stages, and what it means for the rekindling of hope.
Cindy Wigglesworth talks about how she developed a skills assessment for spiritual intelligence. Also her journey in personal growth and development.
Jean describes the private troubles that resulted from the raging storm and the implications this has for public issues that we need to consider.
Any conversation must include clarifying what we mean. Check the Glossary for commonly used terms in the racial and social justice sphere.
Want to know how to become effective at Intervention and Allyship? Learn how to create and maintain a more inclusive work environment.
Some signs make you look like an empathetic person. Find out more from leading Consciously what happens when you do and don't show empathy.
What did Martin Luther King stand for? Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. discusses the watering down of his message to make it more palatable to people in power.
Learn how Cherry Steinwender went from picking cotton and cleaning houses to co-founding the Center for the Healing of Racism.
Read about the journey of Rev. Dr. Jim Lockard in LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF MY CHILD, a blog about grieving deeply and deriving comfort.
Now it’s time to look ahead. I have five items on my wish list for social justice next year, for all of us. See if you can add some of your own.
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Brandon Danowsky is this week’s guest blogger. He writes of the conflict between his Latino and White identities.
Jessica Kanzler writes about her experience coming out as a trans person and how she has navigated awkward dinner conversations.
We explore why colorblindness is in effect racism, making us feel good about the world and ourselves but doing nothing to create meaningful change.
Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for future. We celebrate expressions of gratitude and hopes for peace.
Our online racial justice training program is open. Read on to find out more about Pathfinders: Leadership for Racial and Social Justice.
In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on how to bridge the divide with the 47% who voted for Trump.
Why do we seesaw so much in American political life? What happens that people want to change direction?
Mark is that remarkably rare White person willing to take on true allyship. This is Part 2 of our conversation with him.
Mark is that remarkably rare White person willing to take on true allyship. He talks about his continuing commitment to racial justice.
Joanna Cea and Jess Rimington wrote Beloved Economies: Transforming How We Work, that invites us to reimagine work and reimagine capitalism.
The most successful people in any field know how to seek the expertise of other successful people in order to improve themselves and their performance.
Dr. Melissa Ochoa has a few things to say about the word Latinx; mainly, she doesn’t like it. For one thing, it doesn’t work in Spanish. Hear what she proposes instead.
Unsung heroes are all around us. Many were women; in many cases, their work was known but men took the credit.
After George Floyd's murder, Ronald McDonald House-Houston wanted to make a difference for their staff and also their families across the world.
Journalist Talia Lavin began a social experiment aimed at understanding and exposing the White nationalist movement.
What happens when you lead with love? Helen Stagg talks about how making change starts with honest, respectful, direct, and open conversations.
What is the culture – police and American – that allows this to continue? What are the obstacles? What can we as individuals do about it?
When disaster inevitably strikes, what is your response? Wait for someone to fix it, dwell on the unfairness of it all? What do you need to move ahead?
It’s the new year, and we all have good intentions. What about our determination to stop procrastinating now?
May all your tomorrows be filled with peace, love, and joy.
What if you had no inner critic telling you you’re just not good enough? What if you learned to silence your inner critic? What could you accomplish?
To some Native American peoples, it’s a “day of mourning”; how can we still practice Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude?
Ethical behavior in corporations include anticorruption, sustainability, human rights, culture and behavior, and employee and stakeholder engagement.
The polarization in this country has grown so vast that words we use in common do not mean the same things. Is there any hope for bridging the divide?
Dina Gilio-Whitaker answers what would be lost if Indigenous people were completely assimilated into White society and if they would even be accepted?
As initiators of change, the ICTJ works with victims and survivors of massive human rights violations to hold those responsible to account.
Our online membership program, Pathfinders: Leadership for social and racial justice, uses the blog posts for members to read, reflect, and discuss.
Brian talks about the Baldrige framework, how it changed American business, and the need to hardwire equity and inclusion into business practices.
Jean talks about three common breakdowns in email communications, how to handle them to avoid rework, and reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace.
The California Reparations Task Force is seeking reparations to overcome the legacy of privileged whiteness and racism in this country.
We are living in turbulent times. What to do? How to cope? How are each of us in Leading Consciously coping?
Dr Bonnie McGill is on a mission to make indigenous people visible again.
Today’s guest blogger explores the meaning – both literally and emotionally – of finding your way through the profusion of labels and why they matter.
Jasmin has written about generational trauma and her own experiences with it as the child of American Black and Caribbean Black parents.
This post explores how "not changing much" in the past three years proved that I did, indeed, take some huge risks.
Dave's novel approach toward disrupting the school to prison pipeline and his ability to understand multiple cultures brings him to this interview.
More people at the societal level are questioning if the best person always wins. We’ll explore monopoly as meritocracy and what is truly best.
This discussion covers the roots of racism, who suffers from it, and what can be done about it. Spoiler: it’s not just people of color.
For Women’s Month, we wanted to share this blog for women everywhere who may have feared (as we have) that we are not good enough.
Dr. Kira Banks talks about her work with internalized oppression, what she calls appropriated racial oppression.
Stephen B. Karpman’s drama triangle represents a pattern of dysfunctional relationships. It can exist in domestic situations and in the workplace too.
Jean asks André Harris about his sickle cell, his experience with sexual assault, and his ability to thrive where others might have given up.
How did Afrophobia get started, what are the signs it actually exists, and, especially, what can we do about it?
Are you consumed by work? And how can you produce excellence without burning out? Francine Derby has a lot to say about it.
A barrier to racial understanding is the fear of exposing oneself. What if we could find a safe place to have these uncomfortable conversations?
Happy New Year!
John Fisher depicts the emotional roller coaster we ride during a change. Jean uses the graphic to illustrate her journey toward realizing a vision.
Happy holidays from all of us at Leading Consciously
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