Tip #135: Learning Respect the Hard Way

On August 19, 2006, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #135: Learning Respect the Hard Way

Back in the late 1970’s, I was employed as an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor and Trainer on a project basis by the state of Wisconsin in their first Affirmative Action Office. I investigated a prima facie case of sex discrimination in hiring, where the interviewing supervisors refused to hire women for lead building maintenance positions. As a result of that investigation, all of the building maintenance superintendents were ordered to attend a training session. They came into the session knowing that I had “fingered” them.

I began the session from a very self righteous position, knowing that I was right and they were very wrong. My tone, my demeanor, and my words all came across with a clear message to … Read the rest