Browsing Category: Diversity

Diversity, General

Reimagining Empathy

As a consequence of my father being a psychoanalyst, empathy was a frequent topic of conversation in our house and, oddly perhaps, a target for my ambitions. After college I explored that ambition on a children’s psychiatric unit in Minneapolis, where at one point it dawned on me that…

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Where to Draw the Line

I have heard discussions about “diversity of thought” as a goal in putting together productive, highly-functioning, multi-perspective groups. I agree in theory, however, there are times when it might be more productive to filter certain destructive brands of thought out of conversations. Over the past several years, I…

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Feeling a Little Queer

I spent the last couple of days in Atlanta, GA at the Reaching Out MBA Conference.  Reaching Out is a national MBA conference for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) students.  The programming was impressive.  The conference is complete with workshops, key note speakers and a career fair.  The…

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Diversity, leveraging difference

Compensatory Skills

I was recently dining with a colleague and noticed that he is left handed.  We had a discussion about this characteristic and how challenging it was for him growing up left-handed.  Then, he explained to me, there were no left-handed scissors or left-handed spiral notebooks for example…

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Why Civility Sucks

By now, it’s difficult to escape the trio of bad kids who have made their marks on U.S. social discourse over the past couple of weeks—U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, tennis star, Serena Williams, and musician and entertainer, Kanye West.  In case you’ve missed any of…

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Getting Out of the Box with People Who Are Different

In our Leading Organizations Course, we studied the book Leadership and Self-Deception, and learned about the idea of being “in the box’ and being “out of the box.”  In a nutshell, being in the box in relationship to someone means that the attitude and intention I hold toward that…

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