Gina Greenlee May 17, 2022

Shared Context: The Chinese Exclusion Act

As organizational development consultants we know how failing to name what needs naming derails any business endeavor. That’s a certain outcome if euphemisms are applied to race talk and race work. In your business spaces we encourage you to use direct, constructive language to name what must be named, without shaming or blaming. Shared context […]
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Gina Greenlee May 13, 2022

“Societal leadership is Now a Core Function of Business…”

…says Edelman, a privately held communications firm with 60 offices around the globe. Every year since 2000 Edelman has conducted a trust and credibility survey. For the 2022 survey they interviewed 38,000 respondents across 28 countries and publish the findings in a report called The Edelman Trust Barometer.
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Gina Greenlee May 6, 2022

Engaging Truthfully with Our Shared History

How often have we stumbled our way through a new project with cross-functional team members who use their own siloed jargon or have no context for what has come before? In business, when developing a new product, implementing new systems, or creating alignment around a marketing or investment strategy, you will get nowhere without a […]
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Gina Greenlee April 29, 2022

Investors Are Putting Their Money Where Your Press Release Is

May 25, 2020. In the days and weeks after the death of George Floyd, hundreds of US-based companies hung shingles of solidarity with the Black community. Many pledged millions of dollars to racial justice organizations. Awareness is a good start. And “millions” reads well in press releases. However, action and accountability – twin engines that […]
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Gina Greenlee April 17, 2022

Six Practices: Institutionalizing Racially Equitable Hiring

Experiment with the Voice Method. Assemble Diverse Interview Panels. Ask Value-based Questions. Solicit Input from Frontline Employees. Keep Diversity Top of Mind for Final Hiring Decision. “Get Loud.” For details on each practice, download for free Chapter 10: Hiring Made Visible: Individual Decisions, Institutional Changes.
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Gina Greenlee April 11, 2022

Additional Resources for Organizational Race Work

There are more than 40 additional resources in The Business of Race. Most of them are free: Chapter 1 Book: Blueprint for a Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators or Simply Change the World, by Srdja Popovic. Book/Play: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, by actor […]
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Gina Greenlee April 6, 2022

Conversation Starter: Civil, a Short Film

We are huge fans of short films. They are powerful distillations of the human condition. As Learning and Development practitioners, we find them to be transformative tools, especially when viewed together as a team or organization. Here is a thought-provoking short film by writer-director Stephen Takashima. Watch it alone. Watch it together. Either way, be […]
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Gina Greenlee April 6, 2022

Conversation Starter: SNL’s Amazon Go Skit

We discovered SNL’s skit on YouTube. We watched a few times, howled with laughter each time then thought: the humor and cultural observation would make it a non-threatening but thought-provoking conversation starter on race. Watch it alone. Watch it with your team. Either way, be sure to reflect on or discuss the questions below. Reflection […]
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Gina Greenlee April 5, 2022

What is Measured Gets Moved

The Business Case: Advancing Workplace Racial Equity Why is racial diversity good for business as our subtitle claims? Decades of research in diversity in general such as gender, sexual orientation, religion, and thinking styles, has found that organizations with more diversity, outperform less diverse organizations on four key measures: profit, innovation, productivity, and attracting and […]
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