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The Only Black Guy in the Office

I never knew the importance of one-on-ones until I started running them myself

When you become a manager of people, there’s always someone who will emphasize that with great power comes great responsibility, as if they’re dropping some novel wisdom on you (and not cribbing from Spider-Man comics). However true this may be, there’s an actual bit of useful advice that isn’t forewarned…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

A manager is only as good as their team — and mine is a mixed bag

There’s a difference between being a manager and being a boss — or at least I believe there is. In my opinion, a boss is someone who cares about the people who report to them strictly through the lens of productivity. They tell their direct reports what needs to be…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

I keep it realer than most while on the job, but there are limits to how freely I’ll speak around my co-workers

Around this time last year, I had a professional breakthrough. Last summer, in the midst of various American institutions being taken to task for upholding systemic racism, I decided to shed my code-switching ways once and for all. Longtime readers may remember me pouring out a lil liquor for my…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

America’s newest national holiday deserves exclusive access. Sorry not sorry.

After more than three decades of living in America, I’m rarely surprised by the goings-on in this country. But I must admit, the turn of events of the past 365 have thrown me for a loop.

We’re more than a year removed from the police murders of Breonna Taylor, George…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

When the challenges of remote work are all around you

The remote work revolution has changed life as we know it for corporate folks like myself. And while I’m on the record singing the praises of working from home, I’d like to set the record straight: It’s not without its faults.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed my weekday afternoon…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

After more than a year of WFH, I can’t imagine it any other way

A couple of weeks ago, my manager, Richard, sent out an invitation to join him and a few other co-workers for a Saturday picnic in a local park. Prior to 2020, this was par for the course; here in Seattle, the coming of spring weather is so satisfying, people would…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

I’ve accepted this fact and figured out how to use my powers for good

A few weekends ago, I bagged some clothes and kicks that had been collecting dust in the back of my closet and dropped them off at a local donation center. ‘Tis the season for spring cleaning and whatnot. What can I say, I’ve always been one for giving what I…

The Only Black Guy in the Office

As offices reopen, saying goodbye to the mid-workday nap might be the hardest

I knew this day would eventually arrive. I just hadn’t realized how much I’d dread it.

With vaccinations steadily rolling out around the United States, my company is beginning to introduce a plan for employees to return to the office. And while the early days of the pandemic found me…

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