thoughts & notes

I have a friend who lives in New Mexico. He tells me that some of his Native American friends there share stories of being told to go back to where they came from. And where would that be?

As a society, the United States is going (going, going...) through a sort of iden...

January 26, 2019

In America, you are supposed to work hard and play by the rules. Have you ever been told by your parents that you need to jump twice as high to get halfway there? If you have, you must be a person of color or a woman. It was not a figure of speech. We now have more and...

December 3, 2018

As a Leadership and Team Effectiveness consultant I find myself dealing with two very different perspectives on addressing workplace diversity. There are people who firmly believe that diversity is good for business – it brings energy, creativity, growth, and all kinds...

February 26, 2018

When I work with organizations and teams on issues of diversity and inclusion I like to start with a definition of terms:

  • What exactly are we talking about?

  • Do we have a shared understanding of the words we are using?

Getting to this kind of clarity is essent...

February 10, 2018

Domestic violence is not about caring for one’s family. It is about trying to attain complete control over one’s environment. Why? Because a person feels a lack of control of what’s happening inside them. Can such a person be a responsible employee or a strong leader?...

December 21, 2017

Here is a centuries old question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if nobody is there to listen to what we are saying - are we actually communicating?

In the words of Jane Goodall, “Change happens by listening and th...

11 million meetings are conducted in American workplaces every day. And a simple online search will reveal statistics on how unproductive many of them are. Here are some of my favorite numbers – an average American attends over 60 meetings a month, but spends 35 to 50...

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Tatyana Fertelmeyster,

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