Men Who Lead (Other Men)

What are men doing to support and lead each other to make for a more welcoming work environment for women (and others)? Men who are good leaders do not need to look at inclusion efforts as being only upon their own shoulders, but rather something to invite others to. Pointing out equity issues in the…

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Waking Up To My Privilege

Because I am white and male and American born, I am immune from suspicion. If you practice freedom of speech in this country as a white man people may listen, or they may not, but you can feel safe to do so without being suspected as a terrorist. If you are black or brown-skinned, Middle…

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Stranger In A Strange Land

David Brooks’ January 13 New York Times Op Ed, “The Leadership Revival,” offers three suggestions for improved leadership in public life. I was particularly drawn to his second suggestion: “Take a reality bath. Go off and become a stranger in a strange land.” The piece got me thinking more deeply about MARC and our work…

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The Blind Spot

Working on improving gender issues is not merely just focusing on women’s rights. It is improving you as an individual as well. It is looking at yourself, and paying attention to where you stand when it comes to the rights of all genders and sexual orientations. If you are a man, are you an ally…

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Jason Collins & The Challenge for Men

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay­.” Jason Collins’s words and courage created a watershed moment in sports history. As an NBA player he is the first openly gay, male athlete in major U.S. professional sports. Lesbian women have already been out in professional sports. Gay men have not. But this week Jason Collin’s…

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Why Fish Must See The Water

Men are like fish in water. Many of us work in organizations that mirror and value the often unconscious behavioral norms we have been trained and rewarded to emulate. We know the operating rules without ever having to read the instruction manual. For many U.S. born men, our gender conditioning teaches and rewards us to…

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The Power of Appreciation

Ever listen then, just listen? When did you last take the time to simply listen to someone without offering your advice and problem solving skills? Sometimes, it is essential to just listen to gain a better understanding of an issue. Jumping to a conclusion before you have really absorbed the facts or the underlying problem…

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