Office Politics

Holiday Wine Down With My Mentor, Joanna Reddick (Part 2)

S3: Ep 52

In this episode,  this is the second part of the conversation I had with one of my very accomplished mentors, Joanna Reddick.  Joanna and I were having an impromptu mentoring chat.  I had the great idea of pulling out the microphones to catch all the nuggets that Joanna was dropping.  This conversation was so good, we had to put it in two parts.  This is part 2.

Holiday Wine Down With My Mentor, Joanna Reddick (Part 1)

S3: Ep 51

In this episode, I have the opportunity to sit down with one of my very accomplished mentors, Joanna Reddick.  Joanna and I were having an impromptu mentoring chat.  I had the great idea of pulling out the microphones to catch all the nuggets that Joanna was dropping.  This conversation was so good…we had to put it in two parts.  This is part 1.  

STOP Being Mad, START Taking Up For Yourself, CONTINUE the Black Girl Magic

S3:Ep 46

In this episode, I discuss two points of frustration at work: 1. BS that we find ourselves unnecessarily involved in, and 2. Being treated with disrespect.  I give you some things to think about and language to help you focus on your priorities and professionally defend yourself without being labeled defensive or angry black woman.

Season 2 Remix: Likeability, The Bane Of Black Women At Work

S3:Ep 42

In this episode, Tiffany and I discuss the hard reality that likeability/relatability at work is what gets you promoted and how being black and woman makes gaining likeability that much harder in white male-dominated corporate America.

Setting Yourself Up For Success: Take 2

S3:Ep 40

In this episode, I catch up with one of my favorite mentees.  You may remember her from S2 Episode 9.  A little over a year ago, she has started a new job, relocated across a number of states only to be set up for failure.  Now, she tells us what has happened since then and what she is up to now.   It’s amazing what a difference a year can make.

Interning While Black with My Little Cousin

S3:Ep 38

In this episode, I have the opportunity to sit down with my little cousin (he’s 20 now but he will always be my favorite 9-year-old with a bow tie) and talk with him about his summer internship experience with a global investment firm.  It is the classic okie-doke set up for failure.  Let this be a lesson to you.  You can interview well, gain the opportunity, get set up to fail… only to be told that you aren’t good enough.  Don’t believe the hype.  

For Colored Girls Who Have Questionable Tone When the Email Is Too Much

S3:Ep 34

In this episode, I talk about one of the greatest challenges and banes of our existence as black women in corporate America…. Tone In Email. 

Discrimination At Ford Motor Company Continues, Another Example w/ Walter Bernard

S3:Ep 32

In the past 2 years, Ford Motor Company has settled with an EEOC Harassment Investigation for $10.125 Million and in March was ordered to pay $16.8 Million to an ex-employee for discrimination and retaliation.  Unfortunately, allegations and lawsuits of discrimination are not new for Ford Motor Company.   In fact, if you do a good Google search, these stories of mistreatment are widespread throughout the company.   Even though they have all the policies in place, deep within the roots of the culture at Ford Motor Company is racism and sexism.  One might even say that they can’t help it, Henry Ford was a racist openly admired by Adolf Hitler. 🤷🏿‍♀️

So how do you manage your career while working for companies like Ford Motor Company, who hold on to such an entrenched culture of racism and sexism?

In this episode, ex-Ford employee, Walter Bernard shares his story of broken promises and discrimination thinly veiled as a layoff.  Walter is an attorney, MBA, author, entrepreneur and former NFL football player.  He worked for Ford Motor Company for 7 years until he was laid off this June 2019.

Sis, You Frustrated! And That’s OK.

S3:Ep 30

In a world of Trump Twitter chaos, who isn’t frustrated?  In this episode, I share how the BS is currently frustrating me, the steps I take to manage my frustration, and what you need to do if you find yourself frustrated at work.

You Have To Manage Your Manager!

S3:Ep 28

In this episode, I explain why you must manage your manager. Unfortunately, this task falls on you.  So today  I lay out why managing your manager is very important, how to determine the type of manager you have, and how to build a positive relationship with your manager, even if you don’t like her.

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