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Mekka Okereke on Twitter: "If you: 1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews 2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible 3. Manage people Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews..."
If you:
1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews
2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible
3. Manage people

Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews...
Imagine collecting all of the text used in upcoming performance reviews, for everyone on your team. All peer feedback, your assessment, everything.

Then imagine creating a map of word frequencies used, for each person on your team.
If N counts make sense, and you have folks' permission, imagine inspecting frequency maps sliced by different interesting dimensions.

What are the dude-iest words?

What are the blackest words?

Is the language used to describe the work of various cohorts... different?
More importantly, do you want the same language to be used to describe the same work?

This isn't about trying to change your worldview. This is about *you* confirming to *yourself* that the world on your team really is as you want it to be.
One level deeper...

Imagine making a similar map for feedback that *you* have given to your peers.

Do you describe the work of your peers differently based on their cohort? Again, more importantly, do you want to? Or do you want to use the same language to describe work?
What if, for example, you noticed that you were much more likely to use the words, "communication" or "presence" when you were giving feedback about non-US born co-workers?

How would you convince yourself (or disprove!) that in your specific context, that this is OK?
Even deeper. N-grams.

"assertive" vs "too assertive"

"ready" vs "not ready for"

"launched" vs "helped launch"

"works really hard"

"needs to"

"not approachable"

"not helpful"

"show initiative"

"lacks complexity"

"she didn't"
management  leadership  workculture  twitterthread  inclusion  bias  sexism 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
18F — Hacking inclusion: How we customized a bot to gently correct people who use the word 'guys'
How do you nudge people to make better decisions with their language?

It’s a difficult question: you don’t want to make someone feel bad, but it’s important to have everyone think about diverse and inclusive language.

Not too long ago, we noticed people saying the word “guys” to describe groups of people in our internal Slack chat rooms. Not a terrible error, but we want to build a diverse and inclusive workplace where people use more inclusive language. So we customized Slackbot’s autoresponses to respond automatically with different phrases if someone uses the words “guys” or “guyz”.
inclusion  diversity  language  genderbias  slack  bots 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
BoJack’s Raphael Bob-Waksberg on Diane Nguyen and what he’s learned about race and representation.
So that’s why I soured on the term “color-blind,” because I felt like I was being color-blind. I was just casting whoever was great and I wasn’t really thinking about their race, and then I was surprised to discover all the people I thought were great were white people.

When I think about casting now, I try to be very race-conscious. My casting director, Linda Lamontagne, and I are actively looking for people of color for every new character, and that’s made a big difference in how we cast the show. I hope that is reflected even to a layperson observing the show. [Note: In the new season, Hong Chau and Stephanie Beatriz play major supporting characters.] I’m very proud of the movement we’ve made, but we’re always going to be somewhat hobbled in our efforts because of our original sin.

If I was making a short or even a movie, then that project would be done and I could learn from it. But the fact that I’m still making this show with mostly white people in every episode fills me with tremendous guilt. I say this not to just flagellate myself or to show off what a great guy I am, but because I want to put this on the record and to hold myself up to this when I go about making other shows. Also so that other white people making shows can see that this has been something that I have wrestled with, [instead of] looking at my show and saying, “Oh well, he did it and it’s OK, so maybe it’s not that big a deal.”
diversity  comedy  netflix  tv  tv:bojackhorseman  inclusion  asianamerica  raphaelbobwaksberg 
september 2018 by dirtystylus
For an Inclusive Culture, Try Working Less – Hacker Noon
I don’t know how useful this will be to anyone else, but the lesson I’m taking for myself going forward is this: if you want to build an inclusive culture, build a minimum culture. Build it around professionalism, boundaries, and work-life balance. Make sure your senior staff walks the walk, and spreads the word.

I’m reminded here of the idea behind “Getting to Yes”, that classic work on negotiation. The idea is that, in negotiation, if you work to constrain the number of things the involved parties have to agree on, you increase your chances of coming to agreement. You set aside your desires and, in service of coming to agreement, just focus on your needs. Seems obvious in retrospect, but was actually revolutionary in the business world.
management  techculture  workculture  diversity  inclusion  via:peter_chappy 
june 2017 by dirtystylus
Left to our own devices. — Ethan Marcotte
To put a slightly more Darwinian spin on it: Your website’s only as strong as the weakest device you’ve tested it on.

Because for me, the real value of a device lab isn’t in testing, as such: a device lab is a design tool. It’s a great way to remind myself that some of the assumptions I might be making about the design need to be tested on something other than my laptop or my phone.
testing  by:beep  design  webdesign  constraints  performance  hostilenetwork  progressiveenhancement  inclusion 
june 2017 by dirtystylus
Interview: The answer was love | Reform Magazine
You said in a blog that the slogan ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin’ is on the same spectrum of violence as that shooting.

Yes. Number one, that’s an unscriptural teaching. If anything Jesus calls Christians to love the sinner and hate their own sin. Also, homosexuality is not a sin, bisexuality is not a sin, being transgender is not a sin. That’s like me saying heterosexuality is a sin – you can’t classify a whole category of people as sinful based on their sexual orientation. If people misuse their sexuality for dominance, coercion, abuse, then absolutely; but if it has been consecrated for use by God then in the words of Pope Francis: ‘Who am I to judge?’
by:stephentomkins  via:broderickgreer  lgbtq  church  religion  whiteness  whiteprivilege  evangelicalism  sin  theology  inclusion 
march 2017 by dirtystylus
The Road To Resilient Web Design – Smashing Magazine
The primary design principle underlying the Web’s usefulness and growth is universality. The Web should be usable by people with disabilities. It must work with any form of information, be it a document or a point of data, and information of any quality — from a silly tweet to a scholarly paper. And it should be accessible from any kind of hardware that can connect to the Internet: stationary or mobile, small screen or large.
by:adactio  via:smashingmag  webdesign  resilientwebdesign  progressiveenhancement  accessibility  inclusion  web  webdev 
march 2017 by dirtystylus
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