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Courageous Conversations: Moving From Awareness to Action

July 12, 2020

It’s no secret that this year has been full of tremendous news stories. From the impact of the #Black Lives Matter movement and the controversy over the Confederate monuments to the Supreme Court’s decision on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to the seemingly eternal 2020 presidential election campaign, there has been a ton to talk about.

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Authentic Leadership: Increasing Trust by Reducing Bias

July 1, 2020

I remember when I was being recruited for a job, I refused to talk to a persistent executive recruiter - until the recruiter told me she was an alum of the University of Alabama. I immediately said, "Roll Tide!" And the next thing I know, I said: "of course, I'll talk to you about the position." All my rational reasons for not wanting to talk to her went out the window because we attended the same college where people are passionate about the football team.

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Moving From Nice Statements to Sustainable Actions

June 22, 2020

The death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests and violence have uncovered yet again the underlying, structural racism that persists in the US. It is easy for most of us (myself included) to go about our lives and forget the racism experienced every day by people of color. Sadly, it requires an event like this to bring it again to the forefront.

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Call to Action for Allies

June 5, 2020

Icarus Consulting joins with the entire DEI community and the families of the martyrs in calling for national legislation aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability. We look forward to partnering with other DEI thought leaders to create forums and programs focused on anti-racism awareness, promoting diversity and inclusion, and fostering equal opportunity. We call on our business and academic partners, civic, faith and philanthropic leaders, as well as other organizations and people of goodwill to join with us in committing to the difficult, long-term work of improving racial equity and ensuring greater accountability for equity and justice.

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Diversity Apocolypse

April 15, 2020

At a recent national diversity and inclusion conference, I addressed a gathering of more than 1,000 human resource and diversity professionals from organizations throughout the country. For decades, these professionals have talked about and demonstrated how differing perspectives in the workplace could improve innovation and problem-solving. But today, some of those differences are setting up opposing camps. Diversity, in the form of differences in thoughts, opinions, and beliefs, is now being used by some to divide.

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Even Authentic Leaders Have Their Kryptonite

April 1, 2020

When I think about leadership, I am reminded of the credit card company famous for the slogan "membership has its privileges." It's a slogan those of us lucky enough to be in a leadership position should remember – being a leader is, in fact, a "privilege." Being a good leader is hard work, and all leaders screw up. But that means that we're human, that sometimes we are flying by the seat of our pants, and that we don't have always have all the right answers.

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Executive Presence: The New Superpower?

March 8, 2020

What exactly is executive presence?

In its simplest terms, executive presence is about your ability to inspire confidence-inspiring confidence in your subordinates that you’re the leader they want to follow, inspiring confidence among peers that you’re capable and reliable and, most importantly, inspiring confidence among senior leaders that you have the potential for significant achievements.

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Bridging the Gap Between Equity and Equality

February 13, 2020

Earlier this year, I published my third book, Crisis as a Platform for Social Change from Strawberry Mansion to Silicon Valley  . In my book, I discuss bias, and since that time, I have noticed an awareness and openness to talk about what bias is, who has it, and how it is used. In January, I spoke on the issue at a Diversity and Inclusion Conference, and the room was full – some individuals were strongly interested.

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Creating an Inclusive Culture by Addressing Micro-Inequities

February 22, 2020

Once you have made the final decision to address the offense, indeed, be assertive, this does not mean be rude or show how upset their comment made you feel with a shot and a stomp. Being assertive in this interaction is to assist in letting the person know how you were affected by their comment or actions. You don’t want to jokingly tell someone that they offended you because, more than likely, it won’t be taken seriously.

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Authenticity - The Key to Being an Inclusive Leader

January 2, 2020

Members of inclusive teams demonstrate transparency and authenticity. This level of teamwork requires team members to make themselves vulnerable to one another without fear that their vulnerabilities (weaknesses, skill deficiencies, mistakes, requests for help) will be used against them. To cultivate an inclusive team, the leader must him/herself demonstrate authenticity and transparency and create an environment that does not retaliate against vulnerability.

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