Who We Say We Are

Who We Say We Are

At Leverage to Lead, the complexity of identity is always on our minds.  In a recent meeting, we saw different identities and different realities clash. Three colleagues were reminiscing about living in the same city in southern California. Two Black women lamented...

DEI Boundaries and Client Autonomy

DEI Boundaries and Client Autonomy

DEI work is never linear. People and organizations rarely move from Point A to Point B in a neat or simple way. Instead, we go slowly, then quickly, then slowly again. We grow and we resist. We take risks and we retreat. We progress, we stall, and we surprise...

Reframing Boundaries

Reframing Boundaries

Read more from our Reframing Series: Reframing Burnout, Reframing Nice, Reframing Uncertainty In our Reframing Series, we examine commonplaces that, upon closer look, reveal a toxic belief or harmful behavior. In this newsletter, we’re taking on boundaries. There’s...

See How We’ve Grown

See How We’ve Grown

Since 2018, Leverage to lead has added Leadership Coaches/Facilitators, and heads of Talent Management, HR, and Finance. Hiring has been, without a doubt, a major growth area for us. Because it’s not exactly a piece of our DEI work, we haven’t shared much about this...

Power and Your Invisible Partners

Power and Your Invisible Partners

Sometimes, organizations aren’t as ready as they think they are for DEI transformation.  It’s happened more than once that we’ve facilitated a values excavation for a client only to find that an entire wing of the organization has been completely overlooked—not even...

Are We in DEI 2.0?

Are We in DEI 2.0?

Lately, we’ve noticed a difference in organizations seeking DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) transformation. There’s been a shift, a different set of needs being presented. It’s something our team has been collaborating on because we want to show up for every...

Reframing Burnout

Reframing Burnout

We have to talk about burnout.  Not only because it’s cited as one of the main causes of the Great Resignation, which may permanently reshape how we work, and not only because it’s widespread (can we ever use the metaphor of “epidemic” again?) across workplaces. We...

Is Your Organization Ready to Support Employee Resource Groups?

Is Your Organization Ready to Support Employee Resource Groups?

There may be a group of exhausted employees within your organization.  They may have begun gathering on their own time to offer each other support, networking, and a space for their shared identity. We’ve seen these groups form because employees need a space to be...

Breaking the Rules of DEI

Breaking the Rules of DEI

In any culture, the rules of behavior get coded into daily life via reward or punishment. We’ve been learning the unwritten rules of life this way ever since we figured out the “rule” about what the cool kids wear. We’re still learning them when we discover that our...

Walking the Walk: Inside Our Team’s Values Excavation – Part 2 of 2

Walking the Walk: Inside Our Team’s Values Excavation – Part 2 of 2

This is the second in a 2-part series on what happened when the Leverage to Lead team underwent our own values excavation. Read about why we needed to do it, how it went, and what's changed for us since. Between Sessions Our first values excavation meeting with Alison...