57 minutes | Apr 21, 2021

Empowering Women Podcast S3: Patti Perez, Ditch the Drama in your Workplace

Episode 6 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women PodcastGUEST:  Patti Perez, CEO at PersuasionPointBIO:  Chief Drama Slayer that combines her experience as a licensed California attorney and a professionally-certified HR executive to specialize in the prevention and resolution of workplace drama.  Patti is the author of the best-selling, award winning book, The Drama-Free Workplace:  How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethics Lapses, and Inspire a Healthy Culture. As an entrepreneur, she is creating a revolutionary shift  in the way we communicate and connect at work. CONNECT WITH PATTILinkedIn PersuasionPoint WebsiteLINKSApril as Celebrate Diversity MonthSix C’s of Inclusive LeadershipThe Drama-Free Workplace BookEmpowering Women WebsiteEmpowering Women Slack ChannelEmpowering Women 2021 Event InformationQUOTES“I think it’s important for men to understand, if they are fathers, the powerful influence that they have. My dad always believed in me.”“Instead of allyship I use the term radical kinship.  You walk with me. You are side-by-side on this journey with me.”“Who you think you are may not end up being who you actually are.”“If I had to give a single piece of advice to the ‘young Patti’, identify your unique strengths and unique value that you bring as early as possible and learn to communicate that.”“If you have to make yourself smaller or change the unique strengths that you have to somehow ‘fit in’ to the current culture you’re in, you’re doing yourself and the organization a disservice.”“Become better versed and understand why the legally-charged terms often (a) are imprecise and (b) end up raising the temperature instead of lowering it and what you can do instead. I advocate a 3-step process: (1) Talk about the words and behavior – don’t put that ‘label’ on it.  (2) How did it effect you.  (3) What we can do to fix it.”Three F’s of a Healthy Workplace Culture:  (1) Fearlessness (2) Fairness and (3) Freedom“Why employees do bring claims is because they do not have a perception of fairness.”“What I’ve long dreamed of doing is addressing that ‘middle tier’ that often goes ignored.  What I call a rising diverse leader. From an attrition perspective, it’s the most dangerous years”“We seem to give this message to women that you have to turn yourself into a pretzel in order to ‘fit in. “
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