We don’t all respond to motivational inputs in the same way.

A welcome kick in the pants to me might feel like harassment and cajoling to someone else, and while the former might be exactly what I need, the latter might strain your relationship with someone else.

You could read a Dale Carnegie book or study effective communication or watch documentaries on human interaction…or you could just care enough to say things with empathy, in a way that edifies the recipient.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.