Women Can Have Colonialist Thinking Too
May 3, 2022
I recently spoke with a Black female leader who joined a team of five White people. One of her teammates, a White woman, wanted to understand how the Black woman could have gotten her role. […]
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Diversity Includes Race & Not Just Gender
May 3, 2022
Here is something we see a lot of in our DEIB consulting work. Organizations know they need diversity, so they focus their diversity efforts on hiring more women or pay equity, in part because gender […]
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The Problem with Diversity Recruiting
May 3, 2022
“We want to diversify our leadership team, but…” I hear some version of this all the time. Clients, associates, and even business partners tell me they want to hire a more diverse staff, but there […]
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Do You Work in a Colony or a Community? 
May 3, 2022
Workplace culture makes all the difference, and there are two types: colonies and communities. A colony is, by definition, a country or area under full or partial control of another country. During colonization, one group […]
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Personal Change Often Comes By Way Of Shock
April 11, 2022
In their book, Overcoming Bias, Tiffany Janna and Matthew Freeman write that “A lack of awareness of your own bias allows you to move through the world without consideration of your impact on others.” Most […]
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What Do You Mean I Have To Be Careful?
April 11, 2022
The other day, I talked to a White male colleague who said, “Tawana, you need to be careful about how you come across.” Yep. I was triggered. Throughout my career, both Black and White people […]
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Should You Put The Mission Or Yourself First?
April 11, 2022
People in the nonprofit world, as well as in the private sector, often say, “the mission is always first!” I know it sounds like blasphemy, but I’ll say it…Employees should come before the mission. Leaders: […]
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DEIB in the USA vs. Abroad
April 11, 2022
Organization At Its Best works with clients in almost 30 different countries, and it might surprise you to learn that the way we handle DEIB in the USA is the same as abroad, even in […]
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When You’re “The Only” In The Room
March 17, 2022
Many, perhaps most, Black people don’t know what it’s like to show up as our most authentic selves in the workplace and be rewarded for it. Instead, we spend the majority of our time trying […]
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Why Should Survivors Educate Those Who Caused Harm?
March 17, 2022
I’m tired of being responsible for having to educate those who have harmed me and my people As a Person of Color, it’s frustrating having to confront someone who harmed me, tell them what they […]
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Equality Shouldn’t Be Our Goal
March 17, 2022
In terms of DEIB in the workplace, equality shouldn’t be our goal. Equity should. Equality means ensuring everyone is given equal opportunities and resources. The problem with equality is that the same opportunities and resources […]
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How to Heal in a Place You’ve Been Harmed
March 17, 2022
A microaggression is a subtle comment or blatant action that can be unintentional, hostile, or demeaning. Author Michael Baran calls them Subtle Acts of Exclusion. I like this term because it describes how people feel […]
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DEIB Can Be Uncomfortable
February 2, 2022
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility starting with leadership, but the tough reality is that people won’t come to it on their own. This work requires having uncomfortable conversations. […]
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Racism is Expensive
February 2, 2022
A continuation of racial inequality may cost the United States $1.5 trillion over the next decade, Bank of America said. Racism in America is an economic crisis, but the impact of inequity is also social, […]
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The Black Tax is Real
February 2, 2022
Years ago when I was a young engineer, I gave the biggest presentation of my career to a room full of White men. I was the only Black engineer and woman engineer on the team. […]
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Don’t Call Me A Minority
February 1, 2022
A few days ago, I was chatting casually with a White male friend when he said, “I’ve talked to other minorities about this and heard that…” I cut him off, firmly but politely. “Hold on!” […]
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What Employers Can Do To Retain Employees
January 4, 2022
In a world of high turnover, employee retention can be difficult. Here are five strategies to invest in your team and boost morale and retention rates.
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How To Improve The Employee Experience
January 4, 2022
Improving the employee experience starts by better understanding your employee’s needs and meeting them where they are. Read more to learn our top three tips.
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Concrete Steps to Achieving DEIB Goals
January 4, 2022
Here are three concrete steps from our tried and tested process that can help you achieve your DEIB goals. Click here to learn more.
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Why Supportive Culture Is Critical
January 4, 2022
Learn how to enable healthy communication, individual growth, and organizational effectiveness with these three tips to create a supportive workplace culture.
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Is Your Boss Gaslighting You?
November 23, 2021
Click here to learn the signs of D.A.R.V.O. behavior and find out what to do when you find yourself being gaslit by your boss.
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My Top 3 Business Communication Skills
November 19, 2021
OAIB Founder and CEO Tawana Bhagwat breaks down her top business communication skills: Active listening, meaningful questions, and setting your intent.
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Unlimited Paid Time Off?
November 16, 2021
Considering implementing an unlimited paid time off policy? Unless you have a highly developed work culture, it may not be right for your organization.
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Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Leader
November 10, 2021
A passive aggressive leader can create a toxic work culture which stifles innovation, productivity and morale. Here are some signs to look out for...
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Racial Equity Bootcamp Press Release
September 14, 2021
Organization At Its Best, Inc. Expands the First Online Training to Address Racial Equity Across the Entire Employee Lifecycle. With the Racial Equity Bootcamp, organizations and individuals can now more easily and effectively create a high-performing culture driven by a deep sense of belonging and respect. 
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Exciting announcements from OAIB
September 13, 2021
We've been working hard to help organizations meet today’s challenges, and we have some exciting news and resources to share! OAIB is expanding its team, offerings, and brand.
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Will Justice for One Be Justice for All?
April 26, 2021
Like many of you, I had watched the George Floyd murder trial since thebeginning, hoping justice would prevail.Now, at this moment, like many of us, I am overwhelmed with emotion knowingthat in this one case […]
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Transforming Organizational Culture: Challenges and Solutions
October 24, 2020
Organizational Culture refers to a set of shared assumptions, values, underlying beliefs, and ways in which employees interact that are unique to a given organization. In simpler terms, it is the personality of a given […]
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How to Build Corporate Morale
October 23, 2020
Morale is the collective set of attitudes, emotions, and satisfaction exhibited by employees. Achieving high morale among employees is important for several reasons including increasing productivity, loyalty, retention and teamwork. As an employer, it is […]
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10 Critical Factors in Creating an Effective Virtual Organization
September 2, 2020
Virtual companies and organizations have become very common in recent times, but what are they? A virtual organization or company is one whose members are geographically dispersed, usually facilitated by information technology and groupware to […]
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