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How to Avoid the Trap of Impostor Syndrome:
What You Need to Know (#14)

Sep 10, 2020

Over the last few months, people have confided in me that they didn’t feel up to whatever they were doing or were aiming for. Several even used the term “impostor syndrome,” recognizing that this is what was happening to them. 

They were wondering if they belonged where they were, doing what was expected of them.  Beset by doubt, a subliminal voice was saying,...

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Do You Want to Be Right or Effective? (#13)

Sep 03, 2020

Words matter

How is a microaggression different from racism? Is it helpful to use the word “racist” at all? And is the word “microaggression” overused?

Then there’s “calling out” vs. “calling in.” What do they mean, and does the distinction really matter?

Understanding the implications of these terms is the subject of this blog.

The power of...

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From Peril to Promise: How to Make Racial Dialogue Work (#12)

Aug 25, 2020


People all over this country are seeking to engage in racial dialogue. The goal within organizations is to heal, first by surfacing racial divisions and people’s disparate points of view. Then, armed with this knowledge, build a more inclusive organization.

How are people in an organization supposed to move from silence due to suppression to a full expression of all that has been...

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How to be Vulnerable About Race...and Grow (#11)

Aug 18, 2020


Amy F. Hageman is a young associate of Leading Consciously who has put herself through a public reckoning of what it means to become antiracist from a position of White privilege. In her guest blog on our website, she discusses a public embarrassment that led to her decision to post for 30 days about race.  Her intent was to inspire her White friends into action and to let her...

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How to Begin Again for the First Time (#10)

Aug 11, 2020

Guest blog by Carole Marmell 

We shall not cease from exploration

and the end of all our exploring

will be to arrive where we started

and know the place for the first time.

— T.S. Eliot

We shall not cease from exploration. Where do we start? 

I am in my house. I’m comfortable here, with my furniture, my books, my knick-knacks, my music. I’m vaguely aware of...

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Anatomy of an Apology in a Racially Charged World: What We Can Learn from Amy Porterfield (#9)

Aug 04, 2020

Most White people I know are horrified at the thought of being accused of any iterations of what I call the R-word: racist, racially insensitive, racially naive, exclusionary, oblivious.

What would you do if someone described you with one of those words?

Now up the ante and imagine you have an international reputation and one of your customers or associates told you that you had displayed one...

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How to Make Fear Work for You (#8)

Jul 28, 2020

People ask me, “How do I get rid of my fear?” Then they wait for the magic bullet.

My answer: eliminating fear is not a desirable goal. Fear helps keep the species alive. It alerts us to danger as well as opportunity. Our bodies feel something isn’t right and react before our prefrontal cortex, the executive function of the brain, can process it.

We become aware of danger only...

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Don't Just Sit There, Part 2:
Initiate the Change You Want to See (#7)

Jul 21, 2020


"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to do something."   

Representative John Lewis 

The New York Times, John Lewis dies at 80


Guest blog:  Representative John Lewis put his body and reputation on the line over and over again.  We could learn from him.

Would you like to see...

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Don’t Just Sit There, Part 1: Do Something! (#6)

Jul 14, 2020


The country is in turmoil.  How can one person make a difference

The most frequent question I’ve gotten in the last three months has been, what can I do? Children are being kept in cages. Open racism is going mainstream.  Latent racism is being surfaced.  Political polarization is eroding the ability of government to function. How can one person make a difference?


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A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a Rose:  Why Labels Matter (#5)

Jul 07, 2020

People often ask me how to refer to various ethnic/racial groups.  What’s better, Black or African American?  If it's okay to say “people of color”, why not say "colored person"?  First, my history, then a deep dive into how complicated a subject it is.


From Negro to black to African American to Black (but never colored)

I was raised as a Negro child in...

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