Racism is the knee on the neck of social justice. People of color are being subjected to what I call “horizontal lynching,” in broad daylight and full public view. The only difference between the “strange fruit” of traditional lynching and lynching in the new millennium is that now the victims are laying in the street (or in their own beds) instead of swing from the trees.Read More THE KNEE ON THE NECK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
“Playing yourself” means you self-destruct, self-disrupt, or self-defeat. We always talk about “getting played” when someone takes advantage of us or does us wrongly. In 2020, getting played is NOT the main danger. Playing OURSELVES is the destiny-disruptive risk.Read More TWO WAYS NOT TO “PLAY YOURSELF” IN 2020
The day I got into an argument with a bill collector about whether I was a man or a woman was the day I decided no longer to correct the error with callers. From that day until recently I just answered to the random “Sir” without offence or explanation. But something happened a couple of years ago that shook that foundation. I shook it off, regained my bearings, and went on with business as usual. That is, until today . . .Read More Too True to Tell: Confession of a Non-Transvestite
Domestic violence should be a concern for leadership. Well beyond the individual who suffers the mental or physical abuse, friends, family members, and coworkers’ lives are also vulnerable to potential violence. Anyone in close proximity of the victim is in potential danger. But it gets worse.Read More WHEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BECOMES WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
Many successful and powerful people are suffering stress and chaos perpetuated by a past that they do not realize is affecting them. I am a prime example. While I saw life through trauma-stained glasses, I earned two degrees, had songs recorded by a famous singing group, wrote a thesis that resulted in a Prison Fellowship partnership for an ex-offender reintegration program in my area. Everybody was impressed. The whole time I was clueless-at-the-helm because my personal life was in shambles and I did not know why. Many lives are affected by a single life changed. I live to facilitate that change in others.Read More Don’t Chase the Marketplace! Cause the Right Market to Chase You
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day we lost my father. Friday, June 25, 1993 perpetuated untold grief, but also has become a pivotal moment that marked a defining crossroads in my life. I wrote this over 20 years ago after visiting my father’s home town and seeing the house in which he grew up. It was my first Family Reunion and the old homestead stirred memories of stories he told about growing up.)Read More I LOST HIM: THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
The news is replete with upheaval on all societal fronts. If we are deliberate in our analysis, we might miss nuances that go below the surface with respect to organizational culture. Because culture is comprised of the sum total of all individual perspectives, what brews below the surface of individual team members can insidiously interfere with cultural transformation and the strategic mission. This dynamic must be address at the individual human level. It involves all things that we cannot see.Read More PHONY APPLE SEED
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The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.
This post is inspired by a LinkedIn message I received from a post graduate Social Work student who was disheartened by what she described as negativity around the social work field. As I responded to her message, it occurred to me that this is good advice, not just for graduates, but for life. It takes […]Read More Advice to All Graduates: 5 Things You Might Have Missed