Research Matters!

How much research and data are you using to inform your strategies and decision-making around engagement? Often, we convince ourselves that the need for data and analytics is unnecessary, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to reach people you never have before, or attract people to your business that you … Continue reading

The ABC’s of Helping Kids to Understand Issues of Race

  Psychology tells us the best place to combat implicit bias is at home (Husband, 2012). I have had numerous White friends tell me over the years “I don’t see race and I don’t teach my kids to see race.” What that statement tells me, is that they are already creating a space in their … Continue reading

The Not-So-Easy Elevator Pitch

When I was a professional dancer, it was fairly easy to strike up a conversation about my occupation, although I found myself often qualifying as a “classical or ballet” dancer and not “that kind of dancer.” Since becoming a trial consultant, I find people are often confused about what I do and why it’s needed. … Continue reading

The Dangerous Power of Microagression

  The term racial microaggressions was first proposed by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, MD, in the 1970s, but psychologists have significantly nuanced and defined the concept in recent years.  Let’s perhaps start this discussion with an example: A judge and two attorneys are conducting voir dire in a local courthouse. As the jury pool is … Continue reading

The psychology of connection…it’s more than communication

So often the lessons start early, as early as kindergarten; “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” who doesn’t remember Dr. Seuss and the way the different fish were set out in our early childhood cognitive minds by their differences, similarities, and for better or for worse, value based on group affiliation. Today, the … Continue reading

When overconfidence backfires in court

It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Defined by the psychology field as a form of bias, which creates in the individual an illusory superiority, where people tend to overestimate their abilities. In the original research students who scored well on tests were shown, consistently, to underestimate their performance while those that scored poorly overestimated their performance … Continue reading

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