Leading Consciously

Jean Latting

Conversations with forward-thinking leaders about patterns that keep us stuck and how the leaders are breaking the mold. Personal reflections on provocative topics and how to level up despite yourself. Get unstuck, change your story, become more effective. Join us. The ability to lead consciously can open your eyes. Jean Latting is an organizational consultant, inclusive leadership coach, and behavioral scientist. read less
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Where did racism come from? Says Nina Jablonski, "It's just skin, silly!"
Dec 8 2023
Where did racism come from? Says Nina Jablonski, "It's just skin, silly!"
If you lived close to the equator, how might your skin color protect you from harmful radiation? And if you lived far from the equator, would this protection be as critical?  What about Vitamin D? How might your closeness to the equator and the lightness or darkness of your skin affect how much you are able to absorb? Nina Jablonski proposes these two factors – susceptibility to harmful radiation and absorption of Vitamin D – as the simple explanation for why people have different skin colors, a product of evolutionary adaptation. Leonard Jeffries Jr, former chair of CUNY’s Black Studies Department in the 1990s, referred to Blacks as “sun people” and Whites as “ice people.” He said many other things that were deemed a lot more inflammatory, getting fired from his position as a result, AND he was correct in this statement. Interesting tidbit: his nephew Hakeem Jeffries is a US Congressman and Democratic minority leader. So why is there so much value judgment on skin color? That’s a harder question, taking us into the historical evolution of the slave trade and emerging science of epigenetics. Watch this week's interview for some fascinating observations. --------------------------------------------------------- Conversations with forward-thinking leaders about patterns that keep us stuck and how the leaders are breaking the mold. Personal reflections on provocative topics and how to level up despite yourself. Get unstuck, change your story, become more effective.  ⁠⁠⁠⁠Join us⁠⁠⁠⁠. The ability to ⁠⁠⁠⁠lead consciously⁠⁠⁠⁠ can open your eyes. ⁠⁠⁠⁠Jean Latting⁠⁠⁠⁠ is an organizational consultant, inclusive leadership coach, and behavioral scientist.
Step one: make the bullies laugh. Step two: build a successful life with humor - Victor Varnado
Sep 1 2023
Step one: make the bullies laugh. Step two: build a successful life with humor - Victor Varnado
This week Jean interviews Victor Varnado. Born with albinism, he didn’t know he was any different from his Black family until around age 4. Bullied at school for his light skin and poor eyesight, he learned to use his humor as a weapon. From there he worked in entertainment, became a cartoonist for The New Yorker, and wrote The Anti-Racism Activity Book for kids (available through antiracism.online). Victor chose to beat the odds stacked against him in life by using his comedic skills to pursue his dreams. This approach could have backfired. In today’s cancel culture, some people are genuinely perplexed as to when humor is appropriate. Victor has an unusual take on how to decide whether a joke is funny or offensive, and used that distinction to build his success today and plunge into topics that others stay away from. Listen to this interview to learn about the interplay between humor, pain, and pursuing your dreams. --------------------------------------------------------- Conversations with forward-thinking leaders about patterns that keep us stuck and how the leaders are breaking the mold. Personal reflections on provocative topics and how to level up despite yourself. Get unstuck, change your story, become more effective.  ⁠⁠Join us⁠⁠. The ability to ⁠⁠lead consciously⁠⁠ can open your eyes. ⁠⁠Jean Latting⁠⁠ is an organizational consultant, inclusive leadership coach, and behavioral scientist.
How to succeed at DEI: Ronald McDonald House Houston's special sauce
Mar 16 2023
How to succeed at DEI: Ronald McDonald House Houston's special sauce
After George Floyd’s murder, nonprofits across the country realized they needed to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some actually meant it. Ronald McDonald House Houston was determined to make a difference, not just for their staff but for their families across the world who needed a safe space. What does it mean to truly commit to DEI practices? What are the alternatives? How does a nonprofit organization find the will to take the long view? On November 26, 2022, three members of Ronald McDonald House Houston (RMH) who were instrumental in implementing its diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative presented their results to date at the 29th annual Power Tools for Nonprofits Conference, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, United Way, and the University of Houston Downtown. Presenters were Cristina Vetrano (CEO), Philip Tenenbaum (Board member), Cheronda Rutherford (chair of DEI staff committee), and Jean Latting (consultant). #leadership #Dei #ronaldmcdonaldhouse #RonaldMcDonaldHouseCharities --------------------------------------------------------- Conversations with forward-thinking leaders about patterns that keep us stuck and how the leaders are breaking the mold. Personal reflections on provocative topics and how to level up despite yourself. Get unstuck, change your story, become more effective.  Join us. The ability to lead consciously can open your eyes. Jean Latting is an organizational consultant, inclusive leadership coach, and behavioral scientist.
Is good ethics compatible with good business? And can we resolve that dilemma? - Alison Taylor and Brian Harward
Nov 10 2022
Is good ethics compatible with good business? And can we resolve that dilemma? - Alison Taylor and Brian Harward
jean interviews Alison Taylor and Brian Harward of the NYU Stern School of Business on the viability of operating ethically in business. Ethical behavior in corporations goes beyond compliance with laws to include anticorruption, sustainability, human rights, culture and behavior, and employee and stakeholder engagement. Can businesses thrive while operating ethically? Will shareholders accept reduced profits to increase ethical decisions in support of equitable practices? If incentives are offered to operate ethically, how can we prevent them from being treated as bribes (which induces the pretense of ethical behavior) rather than rewards (in recognition of actual ethical behavior)? If they become viewed as bribes, are we encouraging window dressing rather than true values commitment to environmental and social responsibility? And which way are we trending now – toward greater or less ethical behavior by corporations? #Business #leadingconsciously #ethics  --------------------------------------------------------- Conversations with forward-thinking leaders about patterns that keep us stuck and how the leaders are breaking the mold. Personal reflections on provocative topics and how to level up despite yourself. Get unstuck, change your story, become more effective.  Join us. The ability to lead consciously can open your eyes. Jean Latting is an organizational consultant, inclusive leadership coach, and behavioral scientist.