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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Confessions of a Bibliophile

John Bennett/ July 6, 2020/ Change, Development/ 1 comments

I am a bibliophile. But it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I actually fell in love with reading. I’m not quite sure what happened to prompt the shift. Perhaps it was the first time I remember a friend and me reading and talking about the same book. Or, perhaps it was my 11th grade English teacher inspiring

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80 Scenarios to Work On with a Coach

John Bennett/ February 14, 2020/ Executive Coaching/ 0 comments

Successful organizations provide executive coaching for leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels. As an executive coach, I am regularly asked … “exactly what does someone work-on with a coach?”. Here is a list of 80 scenarios I’ve assisted with in my practice:  Gain self-awareness Know the whole business (Agility) Build effective relationships across functions  Increase crucial relationships with leaders Understand and

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