#Unleash18 Solve For Happiness, Change The World with Mo Gawdat

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"If we get AI right it is the last frontier for humanity. Everything beyond AI will invent and create on our behalf beyond that." ~Mo Gawdat, Former Chief Business Officer of Google X How does this statement sit with you? Right now, there is a lot of concern about artificial intelligence (AI) will impact work and more importantly our world. A lot of it is cause for concern and yet there is a … [Read more...]

#Unleash18 Humans + Bureaucracy: Control No More

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  “Bureaucracy is a global thing. “ ~ Gary Hamel, Professor at London Business School I had the opportunity to sit in on a Q&A session Day 1 with Gary Hamel, Professor at London Business School at Unleash 2018 in Vegas. Long before this Q&A, he had wooed me with his words and refreshing perspectives on the disease of bureaucracy as it pertains to the workforce. One of the … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Empathy

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  Before I get to my story, a quote from a 2017 Forbes article titled: "How Empathetic Are You, Really?". On empathy, the author Liz Guthridge says: "Being empathetic is similar to cooking. You may know the recipe for how to prepare empathy. But until you actually use the recipe a few times, taste the results, see how everyone reacts and adjust the recipe, you and your guests don’t … [Read more...]

The Existential Problem of Coonery

The Existential Problem of Coonery

Let's start by defining what a "coon" is. A "coon" is a black person who values what white people think of them more than they care to honor their culture and the suffrage of the racial group they identify with. A "coon" seeks to be accepted and praised by white people while seemingly enjoying any and all humiliation, marginalization, bias, prejudice or mistreatment expressed towards them by white … [Read more...]

The State of the Union on Wokeness

The State of the Union on Wokeness

This week's theme for #BlackBlogsMatter is "The Tao of Woke". As a result, I decided to speak about the state of "wokeness" and what it should mean for you as we continue to navigate difficult themes around race relations and society. The word: "Awake" is defined as: "to stop sleeping or wake from sleep". "Woke" being a derivative of "awake" must then be related to that definition. You are not … [Read more...]

Living in Color: Why I Stopped Caring About What White People Think

#BlackBlogsMatter Living in Color_ Why I Stopped Caring What White People Think

  It must be a hell of a feeling when your skin, ideas, and presence become a golden ticket of Willy Wonka proportions in life. It must be nice to not only create the rules, systems, and standards but to actually be “the standard”. It is utterly astonishing when you can be given the space and grace to be both tone-deaf, ignorant, a disaster, and human all while stumbling towards what seems … [Read more...]

Black Blogs Still Matter Because We Can No Longer Afford Silence

Black Blogs Still Matter Because We Can No Longer Afford Silence

Today not only marks the first day of February, but it also marks my first official day back on the blog. It is also the beginning of Black History Month and the revered Black Blogs Matter Challenge. Today's theme is Black Blogs Still Matter. Black blogs still matter quite simply because our silence as black people can no longer stand. By now, many of us have built our respective brands and … [Read more...]

The Only Thing Leaders Should Have Top Of Mind For 2018 is Integrity

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This is the time of year that predictions are made and data is shared about what the strategic and operational goals are for the upcoming year. Although management firms spend an inordinate amount of time and money collecting this data all year long for these much-coveted reports, there is rarely anything earth-shattering about what CEO's, business leaders or professionals have to say about where … [Read more...]

I Used To Love D&I: Why I’ve Fallen Out of Love With Diversity & Inclusion

I USED TO LOVE D&I

  Diversity and Inclusion was not my intended path. It was something that I knew very well at the ground-level being most often the only black woman in the companies, departments, and teams I worked for. Nonetheless, it wasn't my focus to be a diversity and inclusion professional in the way that some may choose it as a field now. My work in HR brought us together. Whether it was the … [Read more...]

6 HR Epiphanies Learned Through 6 Years of Blogging

6 HR Epiphanies

Yesterday was my 6th year blogiversary for this here blog. I am eternally thankful for the ride I have had to date with this blog. After 10+years of living HR day-to-day (6 of which I have spent writing about it too) -- you have many a-ha moments. This blog has spawned a business, speaking engagements, brand partnerships and more.  I created this blog as a safe space for me to reconcile the … [Read more...]