I’ve read and researched and listened over the last few years to understand better the racial divide that exists among us. In that process I’ve uncovered misinformation I’d been taught, and information I should have been taught. At points I’d find myself thinking: “How is it that I never knew this?” “What other distorted history… Continue reading Brainwashed
I recently spent time in San Antonio TX. While the city’s most well-known tourist draw is the Alamo, once there, it’s the RiverWalk that tends to captivate. In the downtown area, it’s a creative, stunning array of cafes, shops and parks along the San Antonio River. It then stretches about 8 miles north and 10… Continue reading The Two Rochesters
This blog is public. But it’s also personal. A number of events occurred locally and nationally in the past 5 years that have highlighted major gaps in both my education and my experience. I’ve also become more concerned that the country and city I’m gradually turning over to my children and grandchildren are fraught with… Continue reading Why a Blog on Race in Rochester – by a White Guy?
A management team discusses whether to move ahead with a major project proposed by the CEO of the company. The discussion seems devoid of energy. No one acknowledges the flatness. The ultimate decision is a tepid "yes." Business as usual? What is actually going on here? Perhaps: • The CEO is pushing her agenda again… Continue reading What’s “Under the Table”? The Effect of Hidden Processes on Groups
Though it would be difficult to prove, the ability to listen well has a decisive impact on the actual bottom-line performance of any organization. As our clients relate their stories of progress, I'm struck by a common thread: the gist of any organizational change process seems to be the increased ability of leaders to coach;… Continue reading The Leader’s Basic Tool: Attentive Listening