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Guest Post – Unconscious Bias: Positive Biases – More Dangerous Than You Think

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. What do you think of these statements? 1. “All Latinos are experts in Latino culture.”2. “All Gay men are artistic.”3. “All women are naturally nurturing.”4. “All Asians are good at math.”5. “All black men are athletic.” I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be an expert in Latino … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 10: “The Men Might Rebel” and “Someone Might Get Upset”

“Denial ain’t just a river in Africa.” Mark Twain I am continuing to enjoy the buzz of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing that occurred during the month of July 1969. I’ve also watched selected television specials and read posts about this historic event and the people who made it happen over … Continue reading

Josephine Baker, Espionage, and Invisible Ink

Before Cardi B., Ariana Grande, and H.E.R., before Beyonce and Madonna, and before Maryland (Monroe), there was Josephine! That’s Freda Josephine McDonald, better known as Josephine Baker. During my childhood, I often heard adults mention the name, Josephine Baker. Some also referred to her famous banana skirt routine. For years, Baker’s background and accomplishments were … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 9: Triangulation Psychology

“Never underestimate a toxic person’s ability to triangulate people.”  Shannon Thomas Most persons will agree that communication is an important dynamic in personal and professional relationships. There are a number of styles, techniques, tips, etc. that one can draw upon to facilitate good communication between one or more individuals. Here’s one communication strategy, however, that you … Continue reading

Guest Post – Do I Have the Traits of an Inclusive Leader?

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. This term “leader” has torqued in recent years. Where it used to automatically apply only to those who were at the top of an organization’s hierarchy, it now applies to all of us. This makes sense because, after all, we all lead in one way or another. Whether it be … Continue reading

World Oceans Day is June 8, 2019

Oceans play a very important part in everyday life of the inhabitants of planet Earth. As one person puts it, the world’s oceans are the lungs of our planet! They provide 71% of the oxygen we breathe. The purpose of World Oceans Day is to raise public awareness of the impact of human actions on … Continue reading

Guest Post – Aversive Bias: I Don’t Hate You, but You Sure Make me Uncomfortable

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. How important, really, is it that vegetables be arranged by color, cereal boxes stacked perfectly on the shelves, or soft drinks arranged by size as opposed to brand? These elements might not seem particularly important to the rest of us, but ask someone in the food retail business if they … Continue reading

Guest Post – Unconscious Bias: The Pyramid Principle – How to Achieve Successful Dialogue About Bias

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. I remember some years ago sitting in my hotel room in Cairo, feet up on the sill, gazing out the window at one of the most amazing sights on the planet: the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Looming in the mist, it was grander and more elegant than its likeness in … Continue reading

For Earth Day 2019, Be Kind to Mother Earth and to Each Other

In a world where you can be anything, why not be kind? The 49th annual celebration of Earth Day will happen on Monday, April 22, 2019. This year’s theme, adopted by members of the Earth Day Network is  Protect Our Species. My focus for this Earth Day is to encourage everyone, and I do mean … Continue reading

During This Holy Week Let’s “Unbury the Peace”

Unburying the Peace Let us pray for peace Peace at home and Peace around the world. If only we did not inflict on others What we did not wish done to us. If we could bury hostility and hatred, racism and rancor Bury jealousy, injustice and vengefulness Destroy the evil doer’s full-time helpers Rob them … Continue reading