Entries by katherinebanks

What is Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion? Part 1: Diversity

What is diversity? On the surface, it appears to be a real simple answer.  Merriam-Webster defines diversity as ‘the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety.” In our work that translates to having different people, views, and perspectives present at the table. But given so many people are struggling with the issue […]

The Kaleidoscope Group & Qstream – On The Path To Change

Change is expected even if not welcomed  We know change is coming, we just don’t know how or when. John Maxwell is quoted as saying “Change is inevitable, growth is optional” and while we can’t exactly prepare for change we can prepare for growth. Growth is a state of being and unfortunately, so is stagnation. […]

4 Ways To Show Diversity & Equity Even Without Having An Outwardly Diverse Leadership Team

Diverse Representation Many companies are struggling to address the issues of diversity and equity within their organization especially when their leadership teams have little to no diversity within them.  The bad news is those companies will face many challenges without the benefit of diverse representation and input. The good news is where there are allies […]

3 Ways We Can Combat Structural Racism In The Workplace

All of us are aware and have experienced systemic racism at the workplace. The problem of racism in the workplace is institutionalized. It is a reflection of our larger society: unequal opportunities, unequal access to jobs and facilities. Even if we ourselves don’t hold these prejudices, many people in the corporate world do.  If we […]

Leading Remotely In Times Of Crisis

Times of Crisis As the global pandemic has caused a worldwide crisis, each of us is faced with a lot of learning, some of which we had never considered before. Many people are now forced to work from home, which may be something they’ve never done. Yet leaders must continue to manage their teams and […]

Disparity and Inequity during the Global Pandemic

Impact to Communities of Color As COVID-19 began to spread around the globe and the global pandemic begin to grip the United States, we may have heard the heard “this virus doesn’t discriminate. “ However, preliminary data shows alarming trends in which COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color. For instance, a recent New York […]

A Blueprint for Transforming Communication: Reacting vs. Responding

Communication: Transforming Reactions into Responses Imagine someone, a friend, a boss or a colleague, berating you about something you did that was unpleasing in their eyes. What do you do? Do you react in a way that might escalate into a full-blown contentious confrontation? Do you just sit there and take it to preserve the […]

Learning from the Global Team During Covid-19

 If you are leading a global team today, odds are you have teammates around the world experiencing a whole new reality. Recent world events have made us aware, perhaps now more than ever before, of our global connectedness and interdependence.  For many multinational companies, it is the connection of people across borders and cultures […]

How Does Inclusion Improve Employee Engagement?

Engagement In our Part 1 blog post, Measuring Inclusion to Improve Diversity, we noted that a Gallup study found that employees in an inclusive environment are more engaged, demonstrate higher advocacy for their organizations, and have a greater intent to stay. That same study found with respect to race, in particular, engaged employees are much […]