How can we increase racial equity and opportunities in the workplace?
Find out by listening to Episode 175. As systemic racism and social injustice are at the forefront of our collective consciousness, we need to ask how we can keep these issues from becoming an elephant in the room again once the protests end.
As leaders, none of us can solve these issues in the whole world, but we can address them in organizations wherever we have influence.
As an example, in 2016 Chris Rock called out the elephant in the room about racism in the entertainment industry during his brilliant hosting monologue for the 88th Academy Awards. This sparked conversations that resulted in the beginning of significant change for the Academy in a number of ways (we’ve included a link to his monologue and the subsequent article in Variety on the episode page).
In fact, Scott and I used this as the basis for an entire episode about taking control of the elephants in the room for game-changing results. Please listen to this episode with “fresh ears” as we discuss ways that you can safely and effectively confront the issues that everyone knows about but no one wants to discuss.
In this episode, you’ll find out:
- How to decide the role you need to play in calling out an elephant in the room
- The least talked about issue that causes elephants in the room to grow
- Answers to frequently asked questions we get about safely and effectively discussing uncomfortable issues
Pamela S. Harper is Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc. (BAI), a strategic growth advisory firm based in Glen Rock, NJ. She is a global expert known for helping visionary CEOs, C-Suite executives, and Boards of successful companies cut to the heart of high-stakes strategy and organizational dynamics issues to dramatically accelerate game-changing growth.
Pam has been quoted in, featured in, or written articles for prominent business media including Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Chiefexecutive.net, CEO.com, and other major media. Her critically acclaimed book, Preventing Strategic Gridlock, has been used as a text in universities around the world.
D. Scott Harper, Ph.D. is Sr. Partner with Business Advancement Inc. Throughout his career, Scott has devoted himself to understanding why things work the way they do, and how to apply those insights to create new value. Scott helps clients reframe their innovation challenges so they can recognize new options, take full advantage of unexpected opportunities, create faster and more powerful decisions, and dramatically increase ROI.
Scott joined BAI after an award-winning corporate career leading innovation teams for beloved brands such as Listerine® and Purell®. He has been published and quoted in prominent business media outlets including Chief Executive Magazine, CEO.com, CEO World Magazine, and the IndUS Business Journal.
Resources for This Episode
- Request our complimentary Harper Report: How To Take Control of the “Elephant in the Room”
- Read Variety Article: Academy Overhauls Membership, Voting Rules to Promote Oscar Diversity
- Watch Chris Rock confront the elephant in the room at the 2016 Oscars
- Watch Jimmy Fallon confront the issue of racial sensitivity on the Tonight Show, June 1, 2020
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