A stereotype is a generalized statement or belief applied to everyone in a group, as though the entire group is the same. Any belief or characteristic, applied to an entire group, immediately makes it invalid because no characteristics are held by everyone in the group. Stereotypical beliefs sometimes come from some degree of truth, however….
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On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my heart is heavy yet hopeful. Heavy due to the racial hatred and boldness of bigotry still evident. Hopeful because many people young and old are rising up to make their voices heard regarding equality, life, and inclusion. They are saying diversity…
Are your colleagues and other employees disengaged? Are some workers feeling disconnected to the team? My client research indicates that one of the biggest factors causing less than top team performance and innovation among co-workers is their inability to give feedback to each other quickly and without judgment regarding culturally sensitive behaviors—also known as micro-inequities….
I just got back from a fabulous safari in Africa!” said my friend. “Really? Which country?” said I. She looked at me with a very puzzled expression, and repeated more loudly this time, “Africa!” I guess saying it louder was supposed to help me understand more clearly. I then said, “Many countries in Africa offer safaris. I was just wondering which one you experienced.” Then she said, “Oh!” and she told me the name of the reserve. I tried one more time. “Okay, so you were in Kenya, right?” “Yep, and it was unbelievable.”
Tears welled in her eyes as I answered her question. She asked me, “Why are you sitting at this table?” I said, “I am an ally and I want to learn more, so I can be more effective with my support.” I was speaking at an HR conference. The attendance was huge! 15,000 professionals. On…
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