CHAPTER 5

CONSCIOUSLY COMPETENT

Insights for Your Own Race Journey

It starts with you. Look inside and connect with the issues of race through your own personal stories. If you don’t have any, then talk to some Black men and women and hear their stories. Listen without judgment, without trying to fix anything or inadvertently bringing the conversation back to you. Leaders too quickly jump over this first step of cultural awareness and self-awareness of their own mindsets and want to move right to “what can I do?” And if you don’t know any Black people then at the very least you can read about it.

JOANNA BarshWhite American, Director Emerita at McKinsey & Company, Board Director at Genesco1

The “conscious competence learning model” has had staying ...

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