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Geographic stereotyping has its own pitfalls

It can put down a neighborhood, a state or a whole region, but it all boils down to the same thing — people who think they can make decisions about others based on the address their utility bills go to. In some cases, the comments based on address also can be code for something else.

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Ferguson raises issues that aren’t going away

What struck me most is that I found it easier to have a talk with this stranger about this powderkeg of an issue than I found it to talk to most of my friends. One of the reasons that we have trouble talking about these issues is that some of us don’t want to be uncomfortable, and others of us don’t want to be disappointed.

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Sports has its own diversity lessons

The merits of playing by the rules and rewarding relevant talent are among the lessons a city with Royals fever might ponder. Everything has context — a time to play, a time to practice, a time to train, a time to rest. We could all stand to remember that.

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Male-female confidence gap worth examining

Employers and potential employers have more power than they think in helping to narrow the confidence gap between men and women in the workplace. And having employers, supervisors and co-workers examine their biases, and acknowledge women’s right to have as much confidence as men in the first place, is the first step.

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It isn’t personal? Best think again

Is one to never bring up anything from current events at work? "Never" is a big word. But it is important to stay vigilant on the effect your opinions have on others. Notice whether they are getting irritated, emotional, impassioned. Notice when a usually talkative or effervescent person gets quiet.

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