Gina Greenlee, Margaret H. Greenberg August 30, 2022

Is DEI Relevant Outside of the United States?

The headline question is one we received at a business conference in Montreal. Our short answer: Absolutely. The longer answer: we both were born and raised in the U.S. So, much of the focus in The Business of Race is on racial dynamics in businesses in our country of origin. Neither of us is in […]
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Gina Greenlee, Margaret H. Greenberg 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, Margaret H. Greenberg 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, Margaret H. Greenberg 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, Margaret H. Greenberg 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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