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Passion Fatigue: Why Just Following Your Passion is Bad Career Advice

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One of my favorite podcasts is Work Life hosted by Adam Grant.  It is witty, unconventional, and focuses on how to “make work not suck.”  Adam is an ally for equality and showcases a wide variety of diverse talent on his show.  If you have yet to check out his work, I highly recommend his books, TedTalks, and monthly newsletter.

In a recent episode, the experts talked about how many cultures encourage people to follow their passions, and how unhelpful that advice is.  At first, this sounds counter-intuitive.  We think that we want to do the work we love.  We want work that has purpose and brings us energy.  Yet, that alone is not enough.  We need more than just passion.

Passions evolve over time.

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Taking My Daughter to Work and What I Hoped She Would Learn

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Today is “Take Your Kid to Work Day.”  A few days ago, I did just that.

Some weeks are fiercer than others.  This week, I was a road warrior traveling to California for a speaking engagement, then red-eyeing home to a full calendar of client appointments the next morning.  Oh, and I brought my 5-year old daughter with me.

What was I thinking?

I wanted to be with her and I wanted her to have a learning experience.

I remember my first “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.”  I went to work with my mom when I was 10.  She was an administrative assistant and I was a fifth grader that wanted to be a zoologist.

Clearly, a lot has changed since then. 

Now, a business owner, speaker, trainer, and author, I spend my time juggling client priorities and the priorities of my family.  It is fun work, yet the road can be a lonely place.  That is why I decided to bring my daughter with me to work.

I thought she might just learn something.

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Equal Pay Day: Why it Matters and What You Can Do About It

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In honor of today being Equal Pay Day, I am sharing what it is, why we all benefit from everyone being paid equally, and simple steps you can take to be a part of the solution vs. the problem.

How did it get started?

The day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.  They chose this date to symbolize how many days women, and people of color, must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

This is still a problem in 2019.

First, I want to address the number one challenge I get in my diversity, equality, and inclusion work.  The denial that this is a problem today.

To clarify, this IS still a problem.  According to the Equal Payback Project, here is where we sit today.  In 2019.  While these statistics are sobering for white women, they are far worse for women of color, who continually fight the double bind of gender and racial bias.

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March is Women’s History Month: Five Ideas for Maximizing Impact for Your Organization

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What Have You Planned for Your Organization?

It’s okay if you have yet to finalize an event or communication for this special time to discuss gender equality in the workplace. If you are scrambling to align your organization on a message, here are some ideas to kick start the discussion.

My clients love discussing hot topics and trends in the workplace for gender equality and diversity. I recommend having a format that invites women leaders and their allies into the discussion while providing actionable takeaways.

Give your team permission to be vulnerable and candid. Here are some formats that work well for robust discussion:

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Top 10 Strategies for Gender Equality & Our Allies in 2019

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Stay ahead of the diversity curve with these proven strategies

I am constantly asked for tangible tips to achieve gender equality in the workplace. To which I often respond with a shrug and, “it’s not that simple.” We cannot undo centuries of inequality with a checklist of strategies.

What I have come to learn is that I need to meet people where they are at. That means giving some starting points. No matter where you or your organization is at in your journey to equality and engaging allies, I offer these ideas that I see work with my clients.

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Happy New Year: Candid Conversations Podcast

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Start out 2019 right, listen, learn, and live candidly

Happy New Year!  As we celebrate the beginning of 2019, we want to show our appreciation to you for following us, for engaging in our content online, and for being allies for equality!

We have 40+ podcast episodes locked and loaded for you to engage in your ally journey.  For me, podcasts are the way I maximize travel time, learn while doing busy work, and fill in otherwise unproductive time for personal growth.

I hope you will find our “Pivot Point” podcast illuminating on your leadership, career, and diversity journey.  Subscribe and download your episodes on:

Let us know what you learn, what you want to learn as we prepare season three, and who would be great guests to share their story with us.

We do this work because it matters.  We hope you feel the same way about your work.  We hope it brings purpose.  We hope 2019 is a year that brings more diversity, allies, and inclusion to your workplace.

Gender equality is a candid conversation.

That is why our website is packed full with resources to have this candid conversation, including:

Stay in touch and get the latest posts and podcasts.  Follow us @nextpivotpoint on social media.

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Diversity is a Candid Conversation

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Talking points to start and have conversations about diversity

At Pivot Point, we define a candid conversation as:  the ability to create a common understanding of ideas, desires and observations among parties.  It is a two-way exchange involving both a sender and an audience, and includes written, verbal and non-verbal behaviors.  Its ultimate goal is to affect the knowledge and/or behavior of the audience.

Key word for me here is “two-way exchange.”  It is a dialogue.  Both audiences engage for it to be truly candid.  We have all experienced being talked at, and we leave feeling shame and unmotivated to behave differently.  We have to be curious, ask questions, and listen for a conversation to be candid.

This is important because diversity is a candid conversation.

Diversity affects everyone

The term diversity often elicits a defensive response amongst those that do not consider themselves to be “diverse.”  Diversity lives in the eye of beholder.  I believe that we all have a diversity story.  We all have experienced being different than others, feeling like you do not belong, or having to show a different side of yourself (covering).

So, how do we get candid?

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5 Simple Questions to Get the Gender Equality Conversation Started in Your Organization: #5

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What is one thing I can do to make a positive impact on gender equality at our organization?

I end every talk I give with, “what is one thing I will commit to doing as a result of what I learned today?”

People in my audiences pair and share and often write down their commitments.  It is a powerful question.  We can only control ourselves.  We cannot control the actions of others.  It is tempting to will those around us to change, yet this is futile and frustrating.  Instead, ask yourself what you can do to promote positive change.

Be the change you want to see

Ghandi’s message sticks with me and those I have the fortune to speak to.  By committing to a specific actions yourself, and sharing what you will do to have a positive impact on gender equality, you will compel others to commit around you.

Some simple things you can do to be more of an ally for gender equality…

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5 Simple Questions to Get the Gender Equality Conversation Started in Your Organization: #4

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What are examples of times we have gotten gender equality right?

It is important to recognize behavior that you want to happen again.  Rarely are companies getting gender equality right all of the time.  We need to meet our allies where they are at, and acknowledge attempts at positive change.

Most often, when consulting and speaking with organizations about gender equality, I hear these subtle, yet critical stories.  These positive behaviors could look something like…

  • Calling out bropropriating behavior (interruptions, taking credit for women’s ideas, mansplaining, etc.)
  • Equally distributing office housework between men and women
  • Having allies participate in diversity initiatives
  • Ensuring meetings have diverse perspectives present in the room
  • Asking “what is it like to be you” to diverse people in your organization
  • Ensuring all voices are heard in a team meeting before making a decision

Building a culture of inclusion is a journey.

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5 Simple Questions to Get the Gender Equality Conversation Started in Your Organization: #3

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What do we see that tells us we have room to improve our gender equality?

There is always room for improvement.  We can always be better.  That is why we recommend teams focused on gender equality and diversity & inclusion consistently challenge themselves to be better.

People believe it when they consistently see and hear the same message.

Our brains need to hear something 7 times before we really hear it, or can activate it.  Speed that up by engaging in a dialogue about the message.  To effectively deliver the message and facilitate this dialogue, get broad input from your team about key areas that are holding the team back from being truly inclusive.

Ask your team:

  • What are the barriers and obstacles to achieving gender equality?
  • What feedback do we get from women and allies in exit interviews about equality?
  • What data or evidence do we have that we are missing the mark (i.e. senior leadership team, pay, promotion, attrition)?
  • What gaps do we have to achieving equality?

Most often, I hear that organizations are blind to their own bias and the cultural barriers preventing gender equality.  Reflecting on the questions above, challenge yourself to get real about the answers.  There are always skeletons in the closet.  No organization is perfect.  We all have barriers.

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