It’s the topic and issue of the day … not only in our personal lives and communities … but within our teams and organizations. It’s a topic that’s currently divisive and often incendiary, and this episode is an invitation to a more open conversation about racism and difference. Craig and Jeff will be sharing their own personal journeys of opening and understanding, as well as some ideas on ways to open your heads and hearts about difference. The Impact Leadership Podcast is brought to you by Cardivera, the leadership development eco-system that helps your grow your people, grow your business and grow your life.

Show Notes

In this episode you’ll hear …

  • Perspectives on racism and difference from two white men
  • Impacts of inclusion (or lack of inclusion) with our teams and in our organizations
  • The leadership implications around race and difference
  • Perspectives on the context of racism
  • Ways that systemic racism shows up in leadership and business
  • About shifting from a focus on personal bias to exploring systemic racism
  • What it means to claim your racism in order to be a part of the solution
  • Questions to ask about your attachment to rejecting the existence of racism in this country
  • The benefits of intentional inclusion in your business and with your team (the gifts of difference)
  • The role of unconscious racism in our nation and businesses
  • Ideas on ways to build diverse and inclusive teams and organizations
  • About enhancing awareness of the past while taking ownership of your role in creating a different future
  • About historic perspectives around racism in the United States
  • That inclusive leadership founded on dignity and respect
  • The team and financial benefits in business from building and nurturing diverse and inclusive organizations
  • About asking yourself whether you’re willing to be in the uncertainty (the struggle) to learn, grow and open up without knowing exactly what to do
  • About owning your choice to speak up or to stay silent
  • That defensiveness is an obstacle to learning (learners listen and are open)


Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera