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Simply Good: Change The World

Happy New Year!

So far 2021 feels a lot like 2020, Volume 2. In prior years, we spent our Januaries starting new wellness routines and committing to writing that great American novel. This year, we’re just hoping to send our kids back to school or dine out without a mask.

Yes, because of our current circumstances, our goals will look different this year, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe this year is less about what you set out to accomplish, and more about how you inspire others.

Your world, your country, your neighbors—they’re all looking for bright spots in this dark continuum. What can you do to empower, build-up and support those in your circle of influence? When we look at our skills and resources in this new light, it changes the way we see the world, and expands the ways we can impact it. 

All of our articles this month tell of high-impact stories that all started somewhere small. Every revolutionary movement started with an observation, an idea and a question: “What can I do about it?” We hope this collection inspires you and spurs you on to inspire others in 2021.

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

YNG BLK HR Podcast: Rework Work

Biases, Butchered Decisions, and Poor Hiring Choices Oh MY! This week’s episode features Stacey Gordon, Founder and Chief Diversity Strategist of ReWork Work. Sometimes, do you ever think to yourself “throw the whole organization away!”? This week’s conversations center around the biases within the hiring, selection processes, DEI, and more.

Simply Good: Native American Heritage Month

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month, an observance established in 1990 to honor the history, traditions, and contributions of the Native American people.

As the original inhabitants of our country, it’s impossible to consider our own histories independent of the influence of the American Indian culture. This month’s collection of articles provide an opportunity to appreciate, understand, preserve, and celebrate the rich legacy of indigenous peoples.

 

Workplace Diversity: Seek Sustainable Change

The next time the conversation shifts to diversity in the workplace, make sure you’re speaking the same language as others. That’s the advice Stacey Gordon shared early in her session “Making Workplace Diversity W.O.R.K.” during the Association for Talent Development’s Virtual Conference: Unleash Potential. Gordon, chief diversity strategist at Rework Work, pointed out that the word diversity holds different meanings for individuals.

For some, diversity is a matter of gender. For others, it speaks to ability, age, socioeconomic status, and more. Operationalizing the term diversity is a critical starting point for organizations to ensure that everyone is truly on the same page.

“My goal in what we’re doing today is helping you to think about organizational development in a way that is going to provide your company with organizational change,” Gordon said to set the stage for her discussion.

Stacey Talks Unconscious Bias with Dave Crenshaw

In this brief chat with fellow LinkedIn Learning instructor and bestselling author Dave Crenshaw, I had the opportunity to provide a two-bite definition of what unconscious bias is, as well as one thing anyone can do right now to decrease and/or eradicate bias from impacting the way you perceive other people. Have a minute (or two)? Check it out.

Stacey A. Gordon First Guest on New DEI Podcast

This week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Eliza Blanchard, the Learning and Development content manager for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). I was asked to be the inaugural guest for their new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) podcast, a monthly program designed to feature conversations with various DEI experts to advance the work being done in the DEI field.

During our conversation, I was able to share a bit of my background, including one of the catalytic events that shifted my career path from recruiting to DEI consulting. We also discussed my Unconscious Bias course, but with the caveat that while education and awareness of our unconscious biases is important, it can’t be the end of the conversation. Education and awareness are fruitless if they aren’t followed by action, which is why I also shared a few things that hiring managers can do right now to reduce bias in their process, as well as what talent development managers can do to encourage those recruiters to sharpen and improve the way they craft job descriptions and define the “must-haves” for any position.

Check out the interview. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Simply Good: Global Diversity Month

October is Global Diversity Month, a time to honor the many ways we are unique, and acknowledge how those differences make the world better.

Just as the term ‘diversity’ covers a vast breadth of differences in thought, traits, and passions, so also is our collection of articles in this month’s newsletter, since it’s also LGBTQ+ History Month as well as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Our hope is that, by perusing these articles, you are inspired to continue searching and learning about those who view the world differently than you, and how a pivot in your perspective can change everything.

Rework Work Launches New DEI Tool

We at Rework Work have been diligently working to develop a tool to help companies assess where they are in terms of cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am so excited to introduce you to the final product of those efforts: the Unbias Blueprint.

In this brief video, I explain the four-phase framework of this assessment tool, which will not only help your company identify its weaknesses in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) arena, but also how and when to start remediation of those weaknesses. I also share upcoming opportunities to learn more about DEI initiatives and how to move your company from awareness to advocacy.

Let our Unbias Blueprint help you embed DEI into your company’s DNA.

Stacey Talks Career Change with Samuel Adeyinka

Evolve Your Success founder Samuel Adeyinka sat down with me this week to talk about the dynamics of making a career change. Although Evolve Your Success focuses on connecting people with careers in the medical sales field, Samuel shares the top three things that candidates need to focus on across the board when looking to alter their career path.

We also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to rely on social media, providing a golden opportunity for both candidates and recruiters to give themselves a real presence and expand their network. Samuel and I offer up tips and effective strategies for how to prepare for interviews and the importance of networking the right way.

If you’re considering a career change, you can’t miss this interview. Also check out my LinkedIn Learning Course, “Making a Career Change” for additional resources to help you move forward.