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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.
 

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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
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 I was similarly overjoyed when Don’t ask, Don’t Tell was repealed this past December, as I explained in the post, “ With Liberty and Justice for all: DADT and Civil Rights.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. 24, 2011 1:57 am
Bridging cultural differences is challenging enough when people agree on the labels used to describe those differences. But when someone believes a label ascribed to them doesn’t fit, all kinds of hot buttons are pushed. Let’s take race as an example. Most people assume that race is a biological concept. Whether this is true or not, though, is being hotly contested among physical...  Read More
Feb. 10, 2011 10:43 pm
Yesterday morning, my niece called me. With rage in her voice, she explained that her thirteen-year-old son had received a text message from a friend saying, “You f**king n****r”. “I called his mother — they’re Mexican American,” she explained. “I wanted to know if they understood the significance of that word.” My head whirled. The N-word had been my star example in the last two posts about...  Read More
Feb. 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Many people are confused about what term is appropriate to use when referring to different others. I provided examples of this in Part 1 of this series on bridging cultural differences. This topic is a hornet’s nest because a term that is appropriate in one context may be inappropriate in another. Choosing the right word can be a daunting task for who wish to avoid offending others and are...  Read More
Jan. 24, 2011 9:01 pm
In my workshops and classes on bridging cultural differences, eventually someone asks, “What should we call a person with such-and-such background or characteristic?” Here are true examples of how this question has been asked: “Is it better to say Hispanic or Latino? Asian or Oriental? disabled or handicapped?” “Should I use the term ‘Black’ or ‘African American’? After all, Whites from South...  Read More
Dec. 23, 2010 11:14 am
With Liberty and Justice for All I have been eagerly devouring the news bulletins on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — delighted beyond description that the repeal finally passed with bipartisan support and is now signed into law. The similarities between this repeal and the march toward civil rights in the 50s and 60s are uncanny to me. I remember sitting on my uncle’s knee as a child,...  Read More
Dec. 23, 2010 11:14 am
With Liberty and Justice for All I have been eagerly devouring the news bulletins on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — delighted beyond description that the repeal finally passed with bipartisan support and is now signed into law. The similarities between this repeal and the march toward civil rights in the 50s and 60s are uncanny to me. I remember sitting on my uncle’s knee as a child,...  Read More
Nov. 24, 2010 8:00 am
Preface: Workplace Undercover will be 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. Mary Harlan of Harlan Consulting is guest consultant for this scenario. ...  Read More
Jun. 10, 2010 6:57 am
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine spoke passionately about his opposition to labeling people. We had been talking about differences between Republican and Democratic philosophies, and he objected to the whole concept. Focusing on these differences was, in his mind, “labeling”, and he thought we all should move beyond labels and simply view people as individuals. He certainly didn’t want to be...  Read More
Jun. 1, 2010 2:56 am
Preface: Workplace Undercover will be 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. Mary Harlan of Harlan Consulting is guest consultant for this scenario. The scenario: Thomas just began working at XYZ Corporation and still had not met everyone who worked there. ...  Read More
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