Really? Many of us consider ourselves to be allies, but do our colleagues agree? When was the last time someone benefited from your allyship? Minda Harts found that more than 70 percent of women of color believed that their managers were not invested in their success. Managing a team takes leadership skills, the ability to handle conflict, and the tools to be an effective coach for people to do their best work. In this episode, Minda talks about the core competencies that leaders need to manage diverse talent so that everyone has an opportunity for a seat at the table and to be successful. Don’t miss this candid segment on the intersection of allyship and leadership and the role each of us can play to forge and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
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The Transcript - Interview with Minda Harts
[00:00:00] Amanda Hammett: Welcome to wine down Wednesday. Here are your hosts, Jeffery Tobias Halter, and Amanda Hammett.
[00:00:07] Jeffery Tobias Halter: This is "Wined down Wednesday", a contemporary mid-week discussion on current workplace and marketplace issues with a focus on diversity inclusion, intersectionality, and equity, and as always enjoyed with your favorite wine down a beverage of choice.
[00:00:24] I'm Jeffrey Tobias halter. And this is my friend and colleague. Amanda Hammett.
[00:00:29] Amanda Hammett: Hi, and welcome back to wine down Wednesday. It is 2022 y'all and I am here with my best cohost ever. Jeffrey Tobias Halter.Jeffrey welcome. There's
[00:00:41] Jeffery Tobias Halter: 2022. Amanda while can you believe that you know, this is our first episode of 2022.
[00:00:49] And you know, even though it's a Wednesday and we're a couple of days past new year's, I managed to find a leftover bottle of champagne. So, so I think it's only appropriate. [00:01:00] That we pop the cork on 2022. So I am going to enjoy this in my house. Well, what are you drinking today?
[00:01:11] Amanda Hammett: I actually tricky a little Prosecco and pomegranate juice.
[00:01:15] Jeffery Tobias Halter: to you and choirs to you. Happy new year. Happy. There's nothing better than bubbles on a Wednesday afternoon. That
[00:01:23] Amanda Hammett: this is absolutely true. Hmm, good stuff. Good stuff. So what are we talking about?
[00:01:30] Jeffery Tobias Halter: Yeah, I think what we're going to do is we're going to take a look ahead at what's coming. It's 20, 22.
[00:01:37] What is the year look like? And so I picked up two ideas, that I think is gonna really be paramount both for employees and employers. And one is the concept of performance. D E N I, and that's these big commitments that companies made quite frankly, a number of years [00:02:00] ago around black lives matter and leaning into advancing women and underrepresented groups.
[00:02:05] Well, you know what? It's been two years and we're seeing a lack of progress. I think there's going to be a call for accountability and transparency and companies are going to be held. Their feet are going to be held to the fire around what have you. Absolutely. And then I think the other big one, and we've talked about this a little bit in 2021, you know, Mackenzie said allyship 14% of companies are doing allyship training, which is woefully low.
[00:02:32] Well come to find out. Allyship was the number one word by dictionary.com last year. And so it's setting this stage. That allyship is going to be a really big deal in 2022. And companies need to figure this out. Those are going to be two topics that we're going to be exploring throughout the rest of the.
[00:02:53] Yeah. What about you? What's on your mind?
[00:02:55] Amanda Hammett: So what I'm looking forward to in 2022, I am [00:03:00] seeing no end to this labor shortage. I hate to be the bearer of bad news every year. Once a year in bonuses are paid out. We always see an uptick involuntary terminations. I think this year we will see an even greater uptick in those because of the things that you just mentioned, the performative DIII and I, the lack of allyship, all of those.
[00:03:22] Pulling together. Plus, how are people treated coming through 20, 20, 20, 21? I think that's going to be a major, major issue, but my concern is, is that companies are so focused on recruiting, recruiting, new people, new people, filling all these 11 million open job openings, but they're not thinking about the employees that they have today, or the ones that they're going to bring in.
[00:03:44] So retention is, needs to be a focus, and company leadership needs to be thinking about that. But let's break this down. Millennials officially more than 50% of the workforce in the US gen Z, right behind them, [00:04:00] massive generation. And they're quickly flooding the workforce. The cultures that attracted baby boomers, gen X-ers, will be outright rejected by a millennial and gen Z.
[00:04:11] So companies need to start taking a long, hard look at what are they offering. Benefit-wise. Yeah. Are they actually asking the questions about what these employees want to get them to stay and do they need to be ready to listen to those answers? The other thing, and we say this all the time. Jeffery, how diverse is your leadership employees?
[00:04:40] Future employees, potential employees, current employees, they're watching. They're watching. So how diverse is that leadership site? How are you, what are you doing to bring up the people of color, women of color through the leadership ranks? So that. Your employee base looks like [00:05:00] your
[00:05:01] Jeffery Tobias Halter: yeah. Well, 20, 22 is certainly going to give us a lot of topics to talk about from our listeners.
[00:05:08] We're going to be exploring all of these over the years. We're going to have some amazing guest stars and authors. And so on behalf of Amanda, raise your glass, and Jeffrey, we just want to say welcome to wine down Wednesdays 20, 22.
[00:05:23] Amanda Hammett: Cheers. Thanks again for joining us for wine down, Wednesdays, it contemporary mid-week discussion on current workplace and marketplace issues with a focus on diversity inclusion, intersectionality, and equality.
[00:05:37] I'm Amanda Hammett and on behalf of myself and Jeffery Tobias Halter. Thanks so much for joining us and we'll see you in the next episode. Thank you for joining us for"Wined down Wednesday". If you liked this episode, please subscribe to receive more episodes straight to your inbox.