Tag: civility

The First Four-Letter Word A Child Learns…

Don’t worry, the first, four-letter word a child learns is likely not the one you are thinking. It’s “FAIR.” We understand from early childhood the difference between more or less, better or worse. I was reminded of this recently by one of our clients who challenged leaders in her company to

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50th Anniversary for Civil Rights March on Washington

August 28 marks the 50th year since 250,000 people peacefully filled the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  and heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. make his famous “I have a dream” speech.  That outpouring helped spark the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of

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More Than 50 Shades of Grey at Work – Part One

Colors mean a lot in our workplaces. They can symbolize issues, groups, and messages. Think of black, white, pink, red, and green, and, more than likely, several associations will quickly come to mind. Green means “go” or “money” or “environmentally conscious.” Most color associations are fairly easy to come up

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What’s Cooking In Savannah – Paula Deen in the Fire

Last week, the Food Network announced it would not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of June.  Her dismissal occurred after she admitted using racial slurs in a pre-trial deposition involving a lawsuit filed by a former employee. She may be the first Southern chef to

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Personal Blogging & Public Transparency

We’ve been hearing stories of bloggers who have lost their jobs for writing entries that their employers decided were inappropriate. Had these people been diarists rather than bloggers, it wouldn’t even come up, but blogs are out there for everyone to see. I suspect blog entries will continue to create

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Restoring Workplace Trust, Part II

In Part I of this article, I wrote that restoring broken trust is based on behavior, not words, slogans or talking points.  Because trust is breached by actions, it takes other key actions to repair it. These involve ongoing daily leadership behaviors which become the customary routine way things are

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