The time is now. Like so many leaders, you are thinking about meaningful inclusion and belonging initiatives for your organization. Your colleagues are eager to talk but don’t know where to start. And your commitment to diversity is strong and real.
There are many approaches to developing an actively anti-racist company. But to do it well – no matter what avenue you choose – you must avoid this one mistake.
We need to stop the senseless murder of Black Americans. Right now.
But that’s not enough. We need to create a society that celebrates and honors Black life, to craft a shared future that builds on diverse experiences, cultures and perspectives. We must stand against every injustice, not just the most egregious.
We focus on what individuals do for their teams, but rarely on what teams do for them.
Are we wrong?
Let’s be honest: virtual connection just isn’t the same as human-to-human contact. But it can be a valuable tool for developing and sustaining workplace culture.
Virtual connection is an integral part of our organizational culture. We have learned that our mindsets and behaviors are more important than the software we leverage or the habits we practice.
Exploration of the edges – of ideas, of perspectives, of backgrounds – is something we examine frequently at Books@Work.
The results we see again and again in Books@Work sessions reinforce the idea that the collision of diverse perspectives are key to creativity and innovation – and the effects spill over into the workplace.
When we think of values, we often think of big nouns like trust, integrity, and moral responsibility. Values are words and standards to live by.
But one quick look at the stated values in today’s companies indicates an interesting trend – namely, that there are no nouns without verbs, and that values are nothing without actions to back them up.
In deeply divided times, and with so many forces competing for our attention, a good conversation is rare. We can go days and months with only the most perfunctory interactions, often aided by social channels and digital devices.
Good conversations build trust, invite learning and break down barriers. But a good conversation takes work and practice – and, in today’s environment , a new set of skills.
Literature is a powerful storytelling technology that unites us across space and time. It invites us to reflect on our lives and our work and, in discussion with others, to share our voices. Literature makes us think.
To unleash the full power of literature, we need to bring it to new people in new places in new ways.
Most people can identify a police officer by their uniform. Although the police wear the uniform with a sense of pride, it can elicit emotions of fear and despair in others. In recent years, excess violence against people of color has increased awareness by law enforcement that the uniform sends a mixed message. This awareness is a critical first step toward bridging the gap between police and community.
The time to bridge these differences is now. The Cleveland Police are making community relations a top priority. Among many activities designed to help them engage with residents, they have teamed up with Books@Work to build a sense of community by inviting all voices to the table using literature.