Here’s your week in review, in haiku.
Wanted, Chief Fixer:
Must be willing to keep the
“hush” in hush payments
As Mika butts out,
Elon breaks down; Maria
locked (up) and loaded
What did you know, when
did you know it? J&J
Michelle helps Santa
find the groove everyone else
lost a while ago
Twenty six, plus one.
One hundred fifty-four rounds.
Six years: Sandy Hook
Hoping you get your groove back this weekend, surrounded by comfort and love
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|More problems at CBS|
|File this under “cultural issues at all levels.” The CBS board hired two law firms to investigate sexual harassment claims against former chief Les Moonves when they discovered a more widespread culture which sought to protect itself at the expense of victims of misconduct. One example which came to light was a mediated settlement for “Bull” cast-member Eliza Dushku, who complained about explicit and offensive comments made by her then co-star, Michael Weatherly. She was abruptly written off the show. A draft of the investigation report recounting Dushku’s case and other findings was shared with The New York Times.|
|New York Times|
|Who do they mean when they say ‘we’?|
|Jenée Desmond-Harris, a staff editor for the Opinion section of The New York Times, weighs in with an opinion of her own: When media says “we” they often mean “white people.” Her opinion piece came in response to a Times podcast advertised as “The Rise of White Wing Extremism and How We Missed It,” which drew immediate and pointed condemnation. A bunch of people did not, in fact, miss it. For her part, Desmond-Harris finds the framing to be a terrible and dangerous habit. “[W]hen we suggest that something is true of everyone — or of a group of people — when it’s really a more accurate description of what’s true of white people in that group, it alienates readers and destroys trust: If you’ve forgotten that people of color exist, what else have you missed?”|
|It’s all about belonging now|
|This piece from The Wall Street Journal makes plain what raceAhead readers have long understood: The companies who will be profitable going forward won’t by distinguished by their embrace of foosball and onsite dry cleaning. “It will be whether leaders foster a workplace culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, like their jobs and trust their managers to help them move on to a better one.” And, they’ve got the charts and graphs to back them up. Companies that rank in the top ten percent in company engagement measure posted profit gains of 26% through the last recession, compared with a 14% decline at other companies, according to Gallup.|
|Wall Street Journal|
The Woke Leader
|The beauty of non-binary|
|Guatemalan-American artist Glenda Lissette moved frequently as a child, and came to see her clothes and accessories as a fresh start. “I found a sense of comfort and identity in the clothes I wore,” she says. She extended that idea into her latest photography series, The Home We Carry, an exploration of non-binary identity, accompanied by commentary from the subjects. “As a bisexual woman of color, any time I photograph people, I’m always thinking about the complexities of people’s identities and the diversity of our perspectives,” she says. The photos are also beautiful. “Ultimately, the goal with the series is to document the homes that we construct on our bodies, but I think the series is also looking at the relationship between body & land.”|
|Five ideas for creating an inclusive workplace|
|Michele Perras, Director, Global Ecosystem and Alliances for Pivotal Software, offers five tips for building inclusive cultures, drawing on her fifteen years of experience in Silicon Valley, and her more recent work on Pivotal’s Diversity and Inclusion council. All are helpful and straightforward, but number four—listen to your employees—is one that lots of smaller organizations tend to give the short shrift. “Listen to them, ask why, and don’t assume to know what they need,” she says. “At Pivotal, we heard that employees were seeking discussion and connection locally. With 20 offices worldwide, we wanted to support bottom-up initiatives, and encouraged people to form Grassroots groups.” She also suggests ten questions to ask your employees now, and they are excellent.|
|Let’s all go to the baths today|
|You will want to book a flight to Japan immediately after reading this lovely piece by Hanya Yanagihara, who shares her tentative first experience with ofuru or the Japanese public bath ritual. “One might not appreciate just how extraordinary the country’s devotion to soaking in a steaming tub of water is until one realizes that Japan might be the only industrialized nation in which virtually every citizen (in this case, 127 million people) participates in a daily event,” she says. She describes the sensory delights, the all-enveloping aesthetic, the communal peace and the overwhelming “Japanese-ness” of it all. “It is a time and place reserved for pleasing the senses, for enjoying the luxury of feeling, for the wonder of experiencing the simplest, most satisfying sensations: heat, water, scent,” utterly blissful, unless you’re a shy outsider.|
|Town and Country|