Tag: working while black

When I think about leadership, I always start by thinking about how leadership has always been defined. Visually, it’s the pictures of men in sharp suits and womxn who are power-dressing, standing with arms crossed and no smiles, because, how else would we know they are serious and mean business? Thinking of it in terms of…

There are many reasons why people experience anxiety at the thought of confrontation or needing to have difficult conversations. Sometimes, it’s a fear of authority. Sometimes, it’s because people are socialised to believe that elders, whether at home or at work are not to be challenged. Sometimes, it’s because people don’t know how to have…

As a Black womxn, there are so many assumptions, generalisations and insults that I’ve been faced with in the workplace. It took me a while to fully understand why certain words or comments would also rub me the wrong way when they made other people (namely white people and Black men) laugh. I’ve often asked…

80% of the time the people who land the job, never mind get the interview, usually have a relationship somewhere, somehow with the person/people they will be working with should they be successful. Reason is although teams hire for skill, increasingly important is for recruiters is the “fit” aka culture. All parties involved in the…

Hard work pays off. What you put in is what you get out. These are just some of the phrases we’ve all heard that are supposed to inspire us to pour everything we have into our work in order to enjoy the benefits of professional and financial success. And so, we spend years putting in…