Cultural Moment

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Since the only other language I can speak is pidgin Hebrew, and half our office is fluent in Spanish, I decided it was time to learn that noble language. I found this video online about the Pimsleur Method and got all excited about it. For some reason I’d always thought of Pimsleur as kind of stodgy, but this was hip and entertaining, and I ended up with the message that learning a language is no big deal—anyone can do it, and even have fun at the same time.

Legislating Identity

In a recent article about the current movement in the Minnesota legislature to ban gay marriage by amending the state’s constitution, Sen. Warren Limmer, the author of the bill, asked an interesting question in relation to the LGBT community and civil rights protections:

It’ Time for Leadership Development that Actually Makes a Difference

Here’s my revised and updated definition of insanity for our industry: doing the same Leadership Development we’ve always done and expecting different results. Today’s Leadership Development needs to prepare leaders for today’s workplace, not for the workplace of the 20th Century. Seems obvious, right? Yet, how many of organizations offer up programs that are either in the same format or teach the same old leadership frameworks—ones that were created back in the 1950s? Too many. The real problem with this is that we can’t understand why we aren’t getting different results.

The New Finish Line: Moving Beyond Diversity and Inclusion

It’s time. After decades of striving and struggling to achieve Diversity in our organizations, it’s time to move on. Ask yourself: After these years of work, why have we yet to see significant progress? Why do organizations still have issues? Why do many say their workplace is still no better than it was years ago? Because we’ve been distracted by the wrong goal. We’ve missed the deeper, more transformational point and we’ve sought after the wrong finish line. While Diversity and Inclusion were exemplar goals to begin with, it’s time for a new aspiration, a new finish line.

The Devil’s in the Definitions

I talk with people all the time about “cultural difference.” Usually this is after having at least defined the word “culture”, but I’ve never been completely satisfied with this. I mean, okay, now maybe we have a definition of culture, and we’re all pretty clear on what “difference” means, but putting those two definitions together still doesn’t get at the experience of cultural difference.

So, here’s my new definition:

Planning for Prejudice

In my last post I talked about the potential impact of Lino Lakes impending decision to make English the official language of the city government.

EOE, or just wishful thinking?

In a recent piece in Minnesota Business by Beth LaBreche, she outlines suggested questions for an annual customer survey. Perhaps one of the most important is “Does our external perception—if you believe one exists for us—match up with what you experience?” This is a thought worth exploring that touches upon many levels within a business. How does your customer see you? Is the image you are conveying through branding or any type of communication true to who you are?

To bow or not to bow

President Obama is in the news a lot. Actually, more than a lot. This fact, coupled with close media analysis of the things he’s doing, makes him a fascinating study in leadership. I mean, in this country, the President is really the Leader, capital “L”; when he struggles or, conversely, handles something well, we can all learn from it, especially compared to the comments of his critics. Right now President Obama is traveling through Asia, and I want to look at two of his stops through the lens of culturally proficient leadership.

Cultural what??

It’s no surprise that schools are in trouble. We hear this sentiment almost ad nauseum, coupled with fervent debate over what can actually make a difference. The problem is complex, and I’m not going to pretend there’s an easy fix, but one approach that can yield a big return on investment is a focus on cultural proficiency.

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