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The Road to Pathfinders: Leadership for Racial and Social Justice (#24)

Nov 19, 2020

Leading Consciously’s online membership program 

In less than two weeks, we will be launching our first membership program, Pathfinders: Leadership for Racial and Social Justice. To introduce it, I’d like to take you behind the scenes to how it came about and why we’re offering this opportunity.

I have been offering organizational leadership consulting and coaching...

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How To Bridge the Divide With the 47%. Why Now? (#23)

Nov 12, 2020

A few days ago, a good friend said, “you keep trying to get me to have empathy for White people.” She was not stating it as an accusation. For her, it was merely a statement of fact. I chuckled to myself, then asked, “is it working?”

“Yeah. No. I don’t know.”

That caused me to wonder. Am I actually pushing empathy for White people on my Black friends?...

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The Election is Over; Now What is the Long Game? (#22)

Nov 05, 2020

It's the day after the election. The results have not yet been called for the presidency, although they are tilting toward Biden.  If so, we are likely to again have a divided government based on the Senate results so far.  My phone is full of text messages from friends about the huge turnout, the escalation of on-site voter suppression, and get-out-the-vote countermeasures.

Some...

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From Hardship to Allyship: The Value of Chronic Unease
A Conversation with Mark Hays, Pt. 2 (#21)

Oct 30, 2020
 

Hello everybody. Welcome to part 2 of my conversation with Mark Hays, an organizational consultant who specializes in inclusion and equity.

In part 1, Mark spoke about his growing up as a painfully shy and ostracized young man and challenges within his family of origin. Those experiences made him strong and cultivated both empathy and humility. He became committed to being an ally for racial...

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From Hardship to Allyship: The Makings of an Ally
A Conversation with Mark Hays, Pt. 1 (#20)

Oct 23, 2020
 

I met Mark Hays many moons ago at the Center for the Healing of Racism. Our paths crossed several times since then, until one day we ended up at the same diversity initiative. As I was thinking about whom to invite for these interviews, Mark immediately came to mind. And so here we are.

Mark is an organizational consultant specializing in leadership, change management, relationship and...

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How to Go High When You Really Want to Go Low (#19)

Oct 15, 2020

At the 2016 Democratic convention, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed to an adoring crowd, “when they go low, we go high.” The words were met with rapturous applause.

Yet the quote had its detractors. I have friends among them arguing that to go high means to put one’s head in the sand. To them, going high means letting people get away with underhandedness and brutality. I...

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How to Envision a World to Benefit Everyone (#18)

Oct 08, 2020
 

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I introduce Dr. Barbara Love, a consultant, coach, author, lecturer, climate change activist, organizational transformation specialist, and personal transformation specialist. Barbara is Professor Emerita from the University of Massachusetts College of Education and Social Justice Education.

I invited Dr. Love because her liberatory consciousness approach packs a lot of information in...

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Racialized Trauma and Learning How to Heal (#17)

Oct 01, 2020

Here is another guest post by Amy Hageman. She courageously speaks out about what many feel, yet are afraid to even think to themselves, much less say aloud.   - JKL


But Whiteness doesn’t define me! Or does it?

As many White people would agree, I used to believe that my “Whiteness” was not a defining aspect of who I am. I would have said that my spiritual beliefs,...

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Anatomy of an Apology in a Racially Charged World: Amy Porterfield Reveals What Happened on the Inside (#16)

Sep 24, 2020
 

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Jean introduces Amy Porterfield, an online marketing guru and a top-flight podcaster. Amy has been designated by Forbes as one of the top 50 social media power influencers. According to her website, Amy has a following of 250,000 people and a seven-figure business. Jean is one of her followers. Amy sends out regular emails about online course development.

Jean invited Amy to this...

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How to Stop Racist Statements From Someone You Love (#15)

Sep 17, 2020

People who commit to social justice and antiracism have a hard time understanding those who don’t. This is especially true when their social justice words don’t match their behavior.

We cajole, plead, and offer logical reasoning for them to do as we desperately want them to, and still they don’t budge.

Here’s one reason: Reasoning, cajoling, and pleading can backfire...

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