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Musings on Diversity

Legacy of Diversity
September 13, 2018

Lessons From Archie Bunker

Along with many other Americans, upon the recent death of actor Carroll O'Connor, I reflected on his most memorable role —Archie Bunker in the All in the Family television comedy series. In this piece, I share some of my thoughts with respect to Archie and race. Emotional Evolution My sentiments about Archie evolved over time. When I first learned of…
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Music Mondays
September 10, 2018

The Sweetest Taboo

The Sweetest Taboo Written by: Sade Adu, Martin Ditcham, 1985 (video) Performed by: Sade   Diversity Management Concept: Self-Awareness and Personal Development Welcome back Music and Diversity Lovers to the latest episode of Music Mondays. Diversity DJ here, spinning the virtual vinyl for your listening pleasure. We’re reaching back 33 years to a “The Sweetest Taboo,” a classic by a…
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Music Mondays™
September 3, 2018

Working Day and Night

Music Mondays: Volume 1, Episode 4 Working Day and Night Written and Performed By: Michael Jackson, 1979 (video)   Welcome back Music and Diversity Lovers to the latest episode of Music Mondays. Diversity DJ here, spinning the virtual vinyl for your listening pleasure. Today is Labor Day. According to Wikipedia, “the holiday honors the American labor movement and the contributions…
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Music Mondays
August 27, 2018

Girls Like You

Girls Like You First Performed by: Maroon 5, 2018 (video) Cover: Walk Off The Earth, 2018 (video)   Diversity DJ note: The following are my insights and interpretations based on my experience with organizations who successfully practice diversity management. I have not interviewed @walkofftheearth, though I would gladly welcome the opportunity to do so!   4 Ways to Build A…
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Music Mondays
August 23, 2018

Respect, Episode 2

Music Mondays: Volume 1, Episode 2 Respect Written by: Otis Redding, 1965 (video) Cover: Aretha Franklin, 1967 (video) Performed by Aretha Franklin   Welcome back Music and Diversity Lovers to this special Double Edition of Music Mondays. Diversity DJ here, spinning the virtual vinyl for your listening pleasure. When we last met in Episode 1, we were listening to Ms.…
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Music Mondays
August 19, 2018

Respect

Music Mondays: Volume 1, Episode 1   Song: Respect Written by: Otis Redding, 1965 (video) Cover: Aretha Franklin, 1967 (video)   Diversity Management Concept: Perspective and Requirements   Welcome Ladies and Gents to the first episode of Music Mondays sponsored by SDMS 360. Diversity DJ here, kicking off our virtual turntable party with a song that pays tribute to the…
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Music Mondays
August 19, 2018

Music Mondays™

Everyone talks about seeing diversity. But did you know we can hear it as well? Join Diversity DJ on Mondays to discover how Diversity Management plays out - literally - in the music of our pop culture. Each week we’ll showcase a song on our virtual turntable, discuss its aspects of diversity, and get our groove on at the same time.…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing RepresentationDiversity: Managing the MarketplaceDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
April 4, 2018

MLK & Personal Commitment

I was a Yankee baby, born in Framingham Union Hospital in Massachusetts. But I was raised a Georgia Peach! So I remember marching in the first parade celebrating the MLK holiday; making arts and crafts to commemorate the occasion; traveling up and down MLK to get to piano lessons or my grandmother’s place. But after those days of my youth,…
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Diversity: Managing Workplace CultureLegacy of Diversity
February 27, 2018

Everyone Should Be A Diversity Practitioner

Moving among corporations and their Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs), I seldom see strategies designed to empower individuals at all levels as “diversity practitioners.”  When I do discover such a strategy, I do not find the necessary follow-up to assure that these strategies are applied and practiced sufficiently to build capability with diversity management. Instead, I often see individuals only vaguely…
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Legacy of Diversity
December 14, 2017

“Best Practices”: A Viable Strategy Approach?

Over the years, I have observed that diversity practitioners — whether launching a diversity thrust or building on existing efforts — frequently seek out "best practices" data. They at a minimum consider adopting practices from their findings, or look to qualify to be on a "best practices" list. Is this approach to developing a diversity management strategy effective?   6…
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