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Jean Latting
Jean Latting
Leading Consciously 
Dr. Jean Kantambu Latting is a coach, consultant, and educator. As President of Leading Consciously, a leadership development company, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, Jean specializes in helping people capitalize on their strengths so they might better accomplish their goals.

Recent Posts

Jul. 29, 2013 10:37 am
This seems to be my turn for having a refresher course on the importance of empathy in communicating with others. First, inspired by Obama's efforts to explain empathy to the nation , I write about my own misguided attempt to connect the 1950s Civil Rights Movement with the then highly upsetting news that Proposition 8 passed in California while my GLBT friends and allies were in the...  Read More
Jul. 27, 2013 6:04 pm
The headlines last week read, “ Obama Explains Black America to White America ,” heralding a teachable moment in the country’s history. The news article summarized President Obama’s speech to the nation a few days after George Zimmerman was declared “not guilty” by six women jurors (five White and one Puerto Rican) for killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenage walking home to his...  Read More
Apr. 28, 2013 9:56 pm
Productivity experts say that logging one’s accomplishments is a terrific morale booster and motivator at work and home. On the days we do little, we can look and see previous days’ accomplishments and feel good about ourselves. Consider this as another voluntary behavioral modification technique. In that spirit, sometimes before I go to sleep, I write out what I have accomplished that day in...  Read More
Aug. 27, 2012 8:00 am
Imagine if your manager suddenly starts turning against you. Many of us have had that experience at one time or another. How would you handle it? It happened to a coaching client of mine whom I’ll call Frank. I’ve changed the details to protect his confidentiality. He opened our conversation by sadly declaring, “I really think my boss is trying to get rid of me.” “This sounds dire,” I...  Read More
Jul. 29, 2012 11:00 am
Preface: Today’s guest blogger is Monica Roberts, an outspoken African American transwoman blogger. People trying to bridge differences often get confused as to what is and is not appropriate to say when talking with someone who is culturally or demographically different. This post from Monica’s blog, TransGriot, provides guidance on how to be an ally with the transgender community. It is...  Read More
May 30, 2012 7:56 pm
Daughter of a wealthy industrialist, she married, raised a family, and then chose to enter the field of social work and dedicate her life to serving her community. Revered by many throughout Houston, Maconda B. O’Connor was born on May 4, 1930 and passed from this life on May 19, 2012. The Houston Chronicle and others have listed her long list of achievements. She received over two dozen...  Read More
May 9, 2012 11:51 pm
Count me among the millions of people around the country--if not the world--who are gratified that President Barack Obama has come out today in support of marriage equality. I was similarly overjoyed when Don’t ask, Don’t Tell was repealed this past December, as I explained in the post, “ With Liberty and Justice for all: DADT and Civil Rights. ” While millions of us are cheering, I imagine...  Read More
May 4, 2012 8:00 am
In the previous post on the Skill of Speaking Up, a Responsible Conflict Resolution Technique , I described a case in which Yolanda, a new Latina staff member, made a suggestion at a staff meeting on how to increase their sales. She noted that she liked to spend time in small talk and relationship building before launching into the sales pitch. Jim, her White male colleague, dismissed her...  Read More
Mar. 8, 2012 7:00 am
Suppose you were at a meeting where one of your coworkers insults another? This is the stuff that breeds festering conflict in organizations. What’s needed is a good conflict resolution technique. Well-meaning people who are unfamiliar with conflict management may try one of these approaches: Stay silent (after all, you are not involved) Stay silent in the moment and talk to the offender...  Read More
Feb. 1, 2012 11:01 am
What do you do when things don’t go as you planned? At the end of last semester, I became swamped. Grading student papers took a full week. My students’ papers were so excellent, my initial plans to just dash through them fell by the wayside as I read their heartfelt summaries of what they had gained during the semester. The good news is that they inspired me tremendously. During the week or...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2012 7:09 pm
What do you do when things don’t go as you planned? At the end of last semester, I became swamped. Grading student papers took a full week. My students’ papers were so excellent, my initial plans to just dash through them fell by the wayside as I read their heartfelt summaries of what they had gained during the semester. The good news is that they inspired me tremendously. During the week...  Read More
Dec. 12, 2011 10:48 am
Preface: Martin Prouix, President of Pyxis and an organizational coach, posted this article on his blog,, this past fall. For years, I have asked students, people I coach, and sometimes even myself whether they would rather be right or effective. Martin poses essentially the same question by asking, "is it better to be right or to be helpful." His example on what can go...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2011 1:41 pm
Most people I know feel time-pressured and I’m no exception. Because of this, I continuously seek out tips for organizing my work to increase my sense of personal achievement and success. Here it is near the end of the semester – only two more weeks of classes -- and I find that yet again, I am spending my time mainly on what’s urgent rather than on what’s most important to me. It has happened...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2011 10:00 am
Preface : In an earlier post, I continued the series on Napoleon Hill’s application of the Law of Attraction as explained in his 1928 book, Law of Success. This post is Part 2 on “the habit of doing more than paid for,” one of Hill’s principles for personal achievement and success. For Part 1, click here : Hill describes two important periods that people who wish to be successful must go...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2011 10:00 am
Steve Jobs was one of my heroes. Clad in his trademark black shirt and blue jeans while presenting the latest Apple product, he gave the impression of being an authentic leader, quintessentially himself without subterfuge. His death saddened me tremendously, even though I suspected it was eminent. As one of the millions in mourning because of his transition, I was drawn to a recent article...  Read More
Sep. 2, 2011 9:59 am
Preface : Does it make sense to do more than we are paid for? Napoleon Hill says yes, that the habit of doing more than we are paid for is key to our personal achievement and success. This post continues the series on Napoleon Hill’s application of the Law of Attraction as explained in his 1928 book, Law of Success . The book provides fundamentals for achieving success for those who enact them....  Read More
Aug. 26, 2011 5:19 pm
Preface: A participant in one of my workshops on Reframing Change sent the essay below to the other participants and me. It comes from the web site of John H. Lienhard who hosts the highly acclaimed PBS radio show, Engines of our Ingenuity . As the participant explained in her e-mail to us, “[The essay] puts together many of the things we’ve learned as a group in ‘Reframing Change’.” Her...  Read More
Aug. 17, 2011 8:00 am
Preface: Workplace Undercover is a recurring segment of this blog, featuring a workplace scenario and a response by a guest consultant. In the previous post , "How to Deal with Stress at Work When People Let You Down,"Vicki screams at Saul for not getting a draft document to her at the time he had promised. She collapses nearly in tears, wondering whether she was the only one in the company...  Read More
Aug. 7, 2011 10:21 pm
Preface: Workplace Undercover is a recurring segment of this blog, featuring a workplace scenario and a response by a guest consultant. The scenario below was written by Eillen Bui, our research associate. Jo Bowens Lewis, a licensed psychologist, organizational consultant, and Leading Consciously practitioner will respond. Vicky screamed through the phone, “I called you yesterday to make...  Read More
Jul. 29, 2011 5:39 pm
Preface: The previous post described how I came to view “the law of attraction”as a voluntary behavioral modification technique. Recently popularized in the book, The Secret , the law of attraction holds that our thoughts determine what we attract into our lives. I decided to blog about this after reading the beginning of Napoleon Hill’s (1928) The Law of Success. To continue from the...  Read More
Jul. 25, 2011 9:15 pm
For most of my adult life, I have believed in “the law of attraction” as a voluntary behavioral modification technique. The law of attraction holds that what we think about determines what we attract into our lives. It may be encapsulated in the phrase, "thinking makes it so." Or, a common catch phrase is "as you believe, so you will receive." A few years ago, the "law of attraction" caught fire...  Read More
Jul. 5, 2011 6:47 pm
Are you among the zillions of people who seek out tips on getting organized to reduce your stress at work? I certainly am. One stressor in particular is self-inflicted: procrastination. We/I procrastinate and procrastinate and then kick ourselves/myself for unwarranted delays. So if I know that, why am I still doing it? In my defense, I will say that I have infinitely improved in this area over...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2011 8:00 am
Preface : This continues the previous post, How to Reduce Stress at Work through Conscious Use of Self: Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson, and the Blizzard, Part 1 , in which I described how Oprah Winfrey coped with an nerve-wracking incident at work. Superstar Jennifer Hudson was unexpectedly late for a scheduled taping of the Oprah Winfrey show, throwing off the entire day’s schedule. The...  Read More
Jun. 21, 2011 11:08 pm
In Oprah Winfrey’s 25 th and final season of her award-winning show, superstar Jennifer Hudson was scheduled to appear to discuss her amazing weight loss. Unfortunately for all of them, the taping was scheduled a day after the largest blizzard that Chicago had seen in 25 years, resulting in a textbook-like study of stress at work . A behind-the-scenes look at what transpired that morning was...  Read More
Jun. 13, 2011 8:28 pm
Employee motivation is a recurrent problem creating stress at work for managers, employees, and just about everyone who works with people. In this post, Professor Jeffrey Ford, an expert on personal leadership effectiveness, succinctly describes how to delegate a task to ensure clarity and increase motivation. As an added bonus, readers of Reframing Change will recognize that these are a...  Read More
Jun. 5, 2011 2:00 pm
I am on a constant search for time management tips. I may try out a new technique and it works for a while, but eventually, the idea grows stale and I let it slide away. So when I had dinner with a friend Wednesday evening, I was ripe for more ideas to try. My friend, Sherra Aguirre, is head of Aztec Services, Inc. , an industry leader in facility services. The company is expanding into...  Read More
May 27, 2011 8:02 am
What happens when someone hasn’t developed good listening skills? Here are some typical conversations that create stress at work and home: Example 1 : Manuel sits down with Chris, one of his direct reports, to describe a new assignment. As he explains, the nature of the job requires that Chris weighs the quality of the project against the ultimate goal of meeting costs and timelines. When he...  Read More
May 4, 2011 8:48 pm
Preface: It’s difficult to increase employee motivation when we don’t know how to motivate ourselves to achieve our own goals. A steady theme in this blog is about motivating ourselves to do those things that we want to do, but are finding it difficult to actually get done. (See, for example, How to achieve your goals despite yourself. ) The article below by Marshall Goldsmith attracted my...  Read More
Apr. 26, 2011 9:00 am
When you see the phrase “motivators at work”, what do you think? Most people may think of things like pay or time off from work. These are external motivators. Others may think of personal characteristics such as work ethic or drive for success. These are internal motivators. In previous posts, I described the lessons in integrity, self-regulation, and deferred gratification that Morgan, my...  Read More
Apr. 19, 2011 11:17 pm
Last year, Morgan, then aged 6, participated in the National Lemonade Project , a program established to teach entrepreneurial skills to kids. I described what happened in a previous post, Morgan's Lemonade Day Project: Integrity as a successful character trait . A Lesson in Integrity To launch the project, Morgan had asked us, her grandparents, to invest $12.00 in her lemonade business....  Read More to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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