Comments for Mitch's Blog Leadership, Diversity, Motivation, and Healthcare Finance... business issues of all types Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:17:14 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Mitch Mitchell Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:17:14 +0000 In reply to Mitchell Allen.

It’s probably all psychological, but expected. Heavy people probably look for other heavy people, hippies for other hippies, etc. It’s still discomforting here and there.

Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Mitchell Allen Fri, 28 Aug 2020 04:40:29 +0000 We used to say, “Looks like we’re the only chips in the cookie.”

I wonder how much of it is psychological, as in, looking for a friendly face?



Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Mitch Mitchell Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:56:54 +0000 In reply to Holly.

I have a problem with all the folks you mentioned, but I temper it as much as I can. Whereas I feel a bit insulted, it’s hard to be mad at someone who actually believes in what they’re saying. When we think about it, the orange guy actually got 4% of the black vote; that’s a lot of people.

The counting thing is important because true diversity won’t be achieved until it’s addressed… no matter whether it’s minorities or women. I’ll admit that sometimes it’s lonely and depressing…

Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Mitch Mitchell Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:53:59 +0000 In reply to Sharon Hurley Hall.

I hadn’t really thought about it until I had my epiphany. I do that in movies, both in the theater and on the screen. I don’t let it mar my enjoyment, but it gives me something to talk about.

Comment on The Ethics Of Consulting by Mitch Mitchell Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:53:06 +0000 In reply to Moritz.

I’ve worked for consulting companies that didn’t have anyone with my skills internally. Every once in a while I’ve been able to get top dollar for those skills, which is never depressing. 🙂 I think large companies aren’t being unethical when they bring someone in from the outside because they probably told their clients that’s how they were doing it. It’s unethical when someone says they can do something they can’t do… especially if they try and fail.

Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Holly Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:12:44 +0000 I have counted the number of women and, more generally, the number of non-white minorities, in a group. Unlike you, I’ve had less kind thoughts about those who allowed themselves to be used like the man you describe at the McCain rally. How do you feel, for example, about Van Jones, or Diamond & Silk? Ben Carson or (rest his soul) Herman Cain? I won’t say the obvious – it’s not my place. I will say that everyone has the right to make their choices and deal with the consequences.

I’ve never particularly minded being in the minority, provided the crowd wasn’t hostile. I have wondered, though, if I were welcome and what, if anything, was being said just out of earshot.

Comment on Why Black People Count Black People by Sharon Hurley Hall Thu, 27 Aug 2020 21:38:54 +0000 I hadn’t even thought about, but I do it naturally: scan the room to see if there’s anyone who looks like me. When I’m in the US or UK, the numbers are usually pretty small.

Comment on The Ethics Of Consulting by Moritz Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:25:14 +0000 Hey Mitch!

Great article, very worth the read! I recently got into the topic of consulting when I started my Master’s degree and I feel like the ethics in consulting are discussed way too rarely. Just recently, a friend of mine told me that even many consulting firms themselves (e.g. Big Four) encourage consultants to greatly overstate their competencies in certain topics which they barely know more about than the average person. The reason obviously being that by having “more skilled” consultants, the consulting firms can charge their clients more money. The argument brought up then is that consultants don’t need to have topic-specific expertise, since “a good consultant should dive into a topic and come up with a solution for it regardless of the area”. I still don’t really think that’s what one would call ethical. What do you think about this or have you had touchpoints with this as well?


Comment on I’ma Be Me, Business Or Otherwise by Mitch Mitchell Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:23:43 +0000 In reply to Josh.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this or not. Before I moved to New York I didn’t know what a Jew was. I couldn’t even tell you if I’d met any, though I almost had to at some point in my travels (military kid). I’d only seen the word because of Hank Greenberg (baseball player) and how bad he was treated, but I didn’t understand it (back then, history classes talked about WWII, but never mentioned the Holocaust).

I moved here before the start of 11th grade. My English teacher was quite attractive that year, but a couple of months in she was talking about being in Georgia and someone finding out she was Jewish and that person asked her where her horns were. The other kids in the classroom laughed, and I laughed but felt I was totally missing something. I never really learned who Jews were or what being Jewish meant until my freshman year of college around Hanukkah where one of the other students explained things to me.

Most people have preconceived notions of what they think all of us believe and do. I’ve had to tell many people that all black people don’t know each other… that’s a true thing I’ve been asked! The only preconceived notion I work on changing is making sure people know that many of us are not only intellectual but possibly smarter than they are. True, that makes them think I’m an anomaly instead of potentially one of many, but I’m thinking the younger generation is going to educate everyone else on how things really are; I can only hope.

People and their pre-judging others and their expectations of them… sigh…

Comment on I’ma Be Me, Business Or Otherwise by Josh Tue, 04 Aug 2020 18:05:57 +0000 I can’t comment on what it means to be Black but I do know what it means to have people make assumptions about me based upon other things.

There were 600k Jews in Los Angeles so growing up and most of my adult life it was unusual to meet people who lived there who hadn’t met at least one.

During the five or so years I have been in Texas I have had many occasions in which I have been the only Jew a person knows.

I have had many discussions because of it in which their preconceived notions about who I must be color everything.

Kind of a sad commentary really because instead of using my actions as a guideline they use these notions to judge who/what I am.