Diversity is More than Self-Awareness

John Bennett/ April 8, 2021/ Development, Teaching/ 0 comments

“Knowledge is only power if knowledge is put to the struggle for power. Changing minds is not a movement. Critiquing racism is not activism. Changing minds is not activism. An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change. If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist.” Kendi, 2019, How to

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Terms for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Identity

John Bennett/ February 8, 2021/ Resources, Teaching/ 0 comments

Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice are not new. The challenges of each have been present since (dare I say) the beginning of time. Thank goodness, that today there is a heightened awareness of the need to consciously, intentionally and proactively work to be inclusive, appreciate and leverage diversity, practice equity, and seek justice. Many social identities—e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, religion,

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Powerful Lessons and Impactful Shifts for Coaches

John Bennett/ September 13, 2020/ Change, Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership, Teaching/ 0 comments

Are you paying attention to what’s happening? Through my own work with coaching clients, and with students who are developing a coaching mindset and skillset, I’ve noticed some reflections that, when explored and reframed, can lead to powerful lessons and impactful shifts. Whether you are an experienced, professional coach or a manager-coach, paying attention to your thoughts and reactions has the ultimate potential for new insights and further development. Below is a chart

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Join me at the Ignite Business Development Bootcamp on October 3

John Bennett/ August 17, 2020/ Change, Events, Facilitation, Leadership, Teaching/ 0 comments

I’m excited to present “Leading Change” at the Ignite Business Development Bootcamp™ for Small Businesses on October 3, 2020. As a result of COVID-19 business owners have been forced to change how they do business. During this interactive session, you will gain a deeper understanding of change leadership, and work through a change you’re currently leading or planning to lead.

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Delivering (and Receiving) Unpleasant Messages

John Bennett/ August 10, 2020/ Change, Development, Leadership, Teaching/ 1 comments

I’ve noticed that many people are delivering (and receiving) unpleasant news more than usual — messages that were not expected, contrary to the norm or unwanted, and negatively impacting. Obviously, the current pandemic may be fueling this. The news about job loss, health conditions, layoffs, furloughs, elimination of bonuses and pay increases, possible pay cuts, different expectations, in-person school programs moving to virtual formats, students not able to go to campus for the fall term, and forecasts

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Challenges of Helping

John Bennett/ May 10, 2020/ Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership, Teaching/ 4 comments

As human beings, we often strive to be helpful. We may do this in one or more of our roles as a friend, colleague, manager, peer, coach, consultant, parent, sibling, etc. In his book, Helping, Edgar Schein (2007) wrote about the imbalance that occurs when a helping relationship emerges. This imbalance involves the person being helped as a “down” or “subordinated” position (NOTE: this is not “subordinate”). Most of us

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If We Had Only Known: Experiences from Use of Self Educators

John Bennett/ April 24, 2020/ Publications, Resources, Teaching/ 0 comments

The following appears in Organization Development Review, Winter/Spring 2020, Volume 52 Number 1. It is co-authored by myself and Heather Berthoud. A PDF of the formatted article as it appears in the review is available here. ______________ Every day we use our “self”. How did we learn to do this consciously? And, how can we teach others to be more aware

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