Month: February 2021

The Essence of Authentic Leadership: An Interview with peopleHum

Bias is not bad. Yes, you read that right. We all have biases, most of which are developed subconsciously and ingrained in our thought processes from an early age. The work that we do at Rework Work is not aimed at removing all bias (impossible!) or changing anyone’s beliefs. Instead, we provide a framework to raises awareness and enable changes in behavior to improve workplace cultures.

Last week, I dove into what that framework looks like with Anushka Rajesh from peopleHum. On their LeadershipHum podcast series, I discussed unconscious bias and the importance of leadership, as it relates to diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives in the workplace. We also talked about the lost art of leadership development programs, and how companies are weakening their own foundations by not investing time and resources into developing others well.

Finally, we expounded on the concept of belonging and whether or not mandatory diversity training is an effective tool for removing barriers in the workplace.

Watch the full interview.

Speaking of belonging, Linkedin is currently offering its entire “Belonging” learning pathway for free, which includes my Unconscious Bias course.

Want to learn more about combating the effects of bias in the workplace? You can pre-order my new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work.


UNBIAS and Why Good Intentions Fail: An Interview with Chris Voss

Speaker and YouTuber Chris Voss invited me onto his show last week to talk about diversity, bias, and my new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work.

In this interview, Chris and I discuss the tragic death of George Floyd and the shock wave it sent through our country. Although it was neither the first nor the last event of its kind, something about it spurred on questions and conversations that were incredibly overdue. I use examples from my book to share why the good intentions of some businesses to respond quickly not only failed but were doomed from the outset. Though many wanted to act, they weren’t sure where to start—which is exactly why I wrote UNBIAS.

Later, Chris and I get into why it’s important to have those difficult and conversations about diversity (yes, especially at work!), and how dangerous our assumptions can be when they’re left unchecked. To wrap things up, we answer some questions from Chris’s listeners including the importance of empathy, why we need to retool the way we educate our kids, and how to handle a toxic workplace.

Don’t miss all the good stuff. Watch the full interview.

If you haven’t already done so, you can pre-order my book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work. The book will be available on March 30, 2021.

Finally, check out my Unconscious Bias course while it’s still free through Linkedin Learning!

Simply Good: Big Changes Ahead, Plus the Big Announcement I Promised!

Phew! A lot has happened since our last Simply Good, which came out the day before the insurrection in the US Capitol. Since then we’ve seen our new administration take action after action to make progress for our country. A lot happened in January (does anyone else feel like it lasted for six months?). Now we’re in February and this is a letter about good news… and I have BIG, GOOD news to share today:
My book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work is coming out on March 30th!!!
This book is the next crucial step in my mission to make a difference for all by removing bias in hiring, leadership, and, well, everywhere. It provides tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring equity throughout your organization, and draws on decades of experience and research. UNBIAS is an ‘action manual’ to equip you to make a change in both your organization and your life.
I’m so EXCITED about the release of UNBIAS that I’m giving away three free months of LinkedIn Learning to the first 25 people who pre-order the book by February 15th. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and you’ll not only get the resources provided in my book, but you’ll also gain access to thousands of skill-building courses available through LinkedIn for free!

As we are recognizing Black History month, we chose a handful of stories that focus on some big changes that are already happening or on the horizon. From the Oval Office to a century-old sport, moves are being made to propel the diversity and inclusion movement forward. Let’s do our part to keep that momentum going!


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