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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

May 02, 2017

Being a one-woman show is challenging, but I love it. I've decided this week to relinquish my blog writing responsibilities to my brother, Jeff Howard. Below are his thoughts around inclusion. If you're interested, he writes weekly on various...

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Stereotypical lines of questioning – Creating connection or separation?

Apr 25, 2017

I was recently out with some friends at a local business owned by Asian Americans. In an attempt to be cross-cultural, my friend Anne* said, “Thank you,” in Japanese. Joe*, who also knows Japanese, said, “They’re Chinese,...

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Learn, unlearn, relearn

Apr 11, 2017

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

I saw this quote the other day, and I thought, “Boy, does this apply to...

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Forget Political Correctness

Apr 06, 2017

What I teach, people aren't fundamentally good at. We're not taught to understand ourselves and how our personal views were formed, much less how to understand people who are different from us. We develop in our understanding of others through...

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3 Questions to Ask About Performance and Bias

Mar 30, 2017

In many of the classes I teach, we spend some time talking about biases. Biases in and of themselves are not bad things – we all have them. It’s part of the human condition. What we do with them, how we react when they come up,...

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Do We Choose Our Beliefs?

Mar 23, 2017

A friend posed an interesting philosophical question: “Is a belief a choice?”

It was interesting to me that there was any debate about this, because I work with people every day to help them understand different perspectives. But...

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It's All in Your Perspective...

Mar 21, 2017

Two people looking at the same thing never see the same thing.

Because it's Spring and I'm a Cubs fan, I’m going to use a baseball analogy. If we’re watching the same baseball game, we both understand the “rules” of the...

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Bias - Nature or Nurture?

Mar 14, 2017

As I facilitate classes and talk to people about cross-cultural differences, it is inevitable that the concept of “bias” comes up. I often say that the word “bias” is not bad; biases are natural, and we all have them....

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