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Pass the Tolerance, Please

embrace tolerance

We joined the conversation just as Matt was defending the right to be quirky and go against the mainstream. He was calm, gracious, and articulate—speaking his mind without being in anyone’s face, urging respect for different values and opinions. His message of tolerance went unheeded. As the threads of conversation began anew, anyone who disagreed » Read More


Inclusion: Boldly Go into the Discomfort Zone

inclusion requires bold change

Now that I live in the South, I’m frequently asked if I enjoy Southern hospitality. Of course I do. People being pleasant and personable make encounters more enjoyable. Yet there’s something superficial about it — a congenial exchange that happens at arm’s length, well-intentioned but not deeply committed. I have that same view regarding how » Read More


3 Portraits of Employee Involvement


In your organization, how much employee input does management get before deciding a course of action? Not much? You might want to rethink that.


Adverse selection: 6 ways employers repel top talent

Adverse selection: 6 ways employers repel top talent

Is your company inadvertently pushing good people away? Are some of your best performers leaving? If so, “adverse selection” may be at work in your organization. Have you pinpointed all the ways you are driving diversity out of your enterprise?


Find Your Blind Spot: A Self-Reflection Activity for Managers

Find Your Blind Spot: A Self-Reflection Activity For Managers

We humans tend to evaluate others through the lens of our own best traits. We often value people who have our same strengths and undervalue people who don’t. Are you doing this unwittingly? And if you are, what effect does it have on your team’s morale and performance?


Brand Boring

Leadership Brand

  A prospective client asked to talk with me recently. (To protect her identity, we’ll call her Lara.)  Lara’s executives wanted to clarify and begin driving a leadership brand throughout the organization. What unfolded during our conversation was a plan whereby their values, credo, code of conduct, and core competencies would converge into a leadership » Read More


Open-Minded Leadership

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Do you see opposition as a problem or an opportunity?  This isn’t merely spin. Our perspective can change the way we react and the types of results we generate. Jane Perdue (member profile, @thehrgoddess) posted Lead with an open mind over on Smartblog Thursday.  She presented an interesting perspective on the importance of resisting temptation » Read More


Driving Diversity: 3 Ways for Leaders to Effectively Navigate Their Workplace


Diversity. Much discussion has surrounded this small but powerful word over the past twenty years in our workplaces. So what is it? Defined at its simplest, diversity it is the sum of differences as well as similarities among and within all people added with the glorious power that comes from that truth. As a force » Read More


Obstacles to Understanding

Successful overcoming the difficult barriers

I had the opportunity, thanks to Lead Change member Mike Sipple Jr. (@mikesipplejr) to guest-post over at Centennial Inc.’s blog.  Established in 1975, Centennial is a respected recruiting, coaching and career development company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The post is about the difference between simply hearing and truly understanding others. In a word, diversity.  We » Read More


The Opposite of Leader

Two-faced head fire and ice statue

Sometimes, a description of what something is not helps to also describe what it is. This past week, we had another Lead Change Tulsa breakfast dialogue and the topic was Effectively Leading Diverse Organizations. Over 40 people, many new to Lead Change, joined us for this discussion. Teri Aulph (@TeriAulph) generally enlists the panelists and » Read More

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