Personal Development – Racial Sensitivity in the Workplace…

On Monday, August 17, 2020 an interview I did for “The Resilient Entrepreneur with Michelle Mercier” released. I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s not just a fun interview, but we talked about important information that every business owner, entrepreneur or employee could use.

I’d love for you to take a moment to listen, then share with your friends. We could all use friendly conversation around a very important subject.

Episode Excerpt

“Well, I’ll start by saying the reason I chose, racial sensitivity as one of the areas where I do personal development is because I believe that it is actually a personal development issue.

I believe that in order to be able to be a true ally or to be a true co-conspirator, or to be a person who is dismantling this racist system, you have to first know yourself. Then go within yourself and try to understand how you were socialized and deconstruct that and rebuild it so that now you can go out and you can do what needs to be done out in the world and in your business or at home in your community.

It starts within, it starts with personal development. Racial sensitivity, and being able to be an ally is understanding that systems have been put in place to create a hierarchy which puts white as right and black at the bottom. And then there’s this whole range in-between. The closer you are to white, the more you experience that privilege, the closer you are to black, the less you experience the privilege and the more you experience the full force of the system that’s in place.

The Resilient Entrepreneur Podcast - Personal Development for Racial Sensitivity in the Workplace and Beyond

Why is that important for business? Let’s start with our businesses. If you’re trying to reach people, but you don’t know how to speak to, or speak to their needs, or even understand where they’re coming from. You cannot effectively make a change in their lives. And if that’s what you’re trying to do, if you are hiring and you want to check a box, so you’re hiring different people, different races, okay. We’ve checked that box. We have these people in, you’re going to have a lot of turnover. Those people aren’t going to stay because what you’re not doing is taking them as a whole person. You’re taking them as a cog, as a need in the business. . . ” (listen on itunes or media page)

Michelle Mercier is a speaker, coach & podcast host who took a leap of faith to become an entrepreneur when it seemed things were hardest in her life. She’s a mom to two beautiful children and a kick-ass business owner!

Having this conversation with Michelle flowed easily because she knows about adversity and is open to learning & growth. She understands that without learning there is no growth.

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