“I now understand that race is a profoundly complex social system that has nothing to do with being progressive or “open-minded.” In fact we whites who see ourselves as open-minded can actually be the most challenging population of all to talk to about race, because we believe we are “cool with race,” we are not examining our racial filters.” Excerpt from the book by Dr. Robin DiAngelo’ book, What Does it Mean to be White? read more
Deb Siverson’s blog is filled with personal and relevant information about transformation in the workplace. She is a proponent for transparent and honest conversations between managers and employees, business partners, and teams for the purpose of meeting collective goals. Deb has always been a prolific writer, and uses blogging as a platform to discuss important topics like conflict, workplace engagement, happiness, collaboration, and diversity. In these posts Deb will share her real-life experiences, insights, and candid thoughts about her work as a consultant, facilitator, and coach in corporate organizations and government agencies.
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So much of what is created in life is dependant on attitude. This week I am struck with my own attitude and how I vacillate between feeling defeated and determined. As some of you know, my husband was in a terrible accident about ten days ago. He had been working on repairing some of the weather damage done to our house last summer and lost four of his fingers to his table saw. Over a period of four days, we were in three different hospitals, rode in two different ambulances, and got a handful of hours of sleep. read more
I am keenly interested in the topic of personal ownership and accountability. When I attended organizational and relationship systems training, we discussed the work of John Gottman PH.D. who coined the phrase, The Four Horsemen to describe specific types of "negativity that if allowed to run rampant will ruin a relationship." The Four Horsemen are criticism & blame, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. In personal and work settings these behaviors are quite common. As we cultivate our leadership, it read more