“But” versus “And” in a Politically Correct World

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Are you tired of political correctness and wonder why our language should become more sensitive?  My clients regularly ask me why this is such a big deal to some. Words do matter, and those who suggest others should just get over it, and stop being so picky are often not a member of the offended…

Commitment to Inclusion Success: The Leader’s Role

Posted on: February 25, 2018

He said, “I don’t want to be a n_ _ _ _ _ in the bushes about this but…” February is a month that often causes me to pause and think about leaders of the past and present. What can and should leaders of today do and say to advance inclusion? What could they do…

"Colored Sugar" and Other Perplexing Politically Correct Terms

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Have you ever heard or used “colored sugar” to describe brown sugar? Do you ever wonder what’s the big deal about being politically correct? Are you tired of political correctness and wonder why it is suggested that language should become more sensitive? Miriam Phillips, a friend and colleague of mine came across this term in…

How Tall Are You!

Posted on: October 3, 2016

As I took my seat on a flight from Toronto to LaGuardia recently, I noticed that the female flight attendant was considerably taller than 6 feet. Because I know that many people in the USA ask tall men, “Did you play basketball?” I was curious about her experience with that or similar questions. When there…

The Power of the Pause

Posted on: October 6, 2015

A letter was sent to Wasif Qureshi, president of the Islamic Center for Greensboro (North Carolina) requesting that Muslims should “be less visible.” The writer indicated that his customers were bothered by Muslims being so close to his business. When I read the first few paragraphs describing this incident in my local paper, the News…