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The Cultural Coach
Listening, Learning, and Leading Conversations that Inspire Change
Interests: People watching; classic films' smooth jazz, lively conversations with people who don't share my views; chats with my neighbors and long walks with my dog, Gabby.
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Dear Cultural Coach: Whenever I read about hate groups or see their leaders on TV, it makes me angry. The actions of these few often give their neighbors, their communities, and even their families a bad reputation. Why do people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Cultural IQ
Dear Cultural Coach: “I have a friend who is bitter and full of hate. He constantly says things that hurt and offend other people. What can I do to get him to shut up?” --Tired of Listening-- Dear Tired: While... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Cultural IQ
Free speech is a little like free coffee. What you get doesn’t always go down well. It can make you sick or make the day richer, and smoother. Basically, it depends upon where it comes from and how talented the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Cultural IQ
Show a photo of a person standing in front of a group to Asian business executives, and they are likely to believe that the man or woman is an “outcast.” In Asian cultures, community is widely viewed as the key... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Cultural IQ
PHILADELPHIA — Every now and then, there comes a time in an adult's life where a child opens our eyes so we can see the world's wonders far more clearly. My moment arrived more than 15 years ago, as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Cultural IQ
The time has come for all Americans to confront two of the scariest words on the planet: cultural audit. Cultural audits are mental exercises that enable individuals to identify and manage hidden biases and challenge their automatic assumptions. They enable... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Cultural IQ
Some of the most crucial conversations may occur between perfect strangers who meet online, at coffee shops, on playgrounds or at neighborhood meetings. These discussions often arise unexpectedly, in very casual ways. The better prepared we are for these chance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Americans are gathering at a risky intersection – one in which cultural collisions are leading to a mounting death toll, distrust, anger and despair. We are all grieving as we attempt to make sense of the police shootings of two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Diversity is a word that packs such emotional power that it can shut down an agreeable conversation faster than we can say: Why can't we all just get along? I am struggling to eliminate thi s word from my vocabulary,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Cultural IQ
While riding a shuttle bus recently, the driver, an older black man, remarked that he thought it was terrible a local church was flying the rainbow flag. Two passengers immediately challenged him. Why did he feel this way? The driver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cultural IQ
A few weeks ago, I had cataract surgery. Thankfully, the surgery went well, but that day in the hospital was an emotional rollercoaster. I’m still mad at my eyes for making the rest of me go through this. You see,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cultural IQ
The best part about living in Philadelphia is that we always have lots of stuff to talk about whenever we leave town. I travel a lot in my business, and people are always interested to hear what we are up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Sometimes, not always, soft voices are more powerful than loud protests. A few months ago, I visited a movie theater where patrons eat entrees at their seats. A gratuity was added to the bill, though not clearly identified on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Donald Trump's vision for a say-and-do-what-you-will America makes it more difficult to talk to youth about bad behavior. After all, is it fair to punish them for copying the behavior of successful people they see on television? Recent news reports... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Abraham Lincoln, whose investment in America helped it make good on its debt of political equality, is said to have once remarked, "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." Lincoln truly understood the challenges of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Great conversations help people to come to a meeting of the minds and to formalize an agreement. Progress is easier when rules of conduct are available to help guide participants. The speaker should: Rule No. 1: Only speak for himself... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Cultural IQ
This is a brief message for our presidential candidates and their supporters. After reading, listening and viewing footage of recent discourse, I thought I might review just a few of the strategies that are turning regular people into amazing forces... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at Cultural IQ
Press Release / News May 27, 2008 Corporate diversity and inclusion executives are under growing pressure as key players in their companies' strategic business growth, according to an analysis by The Conference Board. A compliance-driven business function when it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Cultural IQ
Life doesn't always give us a chance to practice for a role before the curtain opens. We have to say yes first, and learn our lines later. This is especially true for individuals listening, learning and leading change in their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Cultural IQ
When political dialogs become emotional and heated, try using a quote from a widely respected person to put the debate "on pause." Quotes - like the ones below - help us to step away from our position and consider the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Cultural IQ
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Everybody's talking but is it taking the country or the global village anyplace new or different? How many everyday dialogs identify pathways for new collaborations or new ways to view old challenges? Whether you are talking to others at an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Cultural IQ
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