Act from the clarity of your intention.
The fact is that the identity of a Black women is not ranked at the top of the social hierarchy. Most of the lowest paying and least esteemed jobs in the economy is held by Black women. Unconscious bias has Black women seen as deserving of the least level of courtesy and respect in the workplace.
As a result, many Black women find themselves at the receiving end of sometimes unconscious unfair treatment in the workplace; ranging from lack of recognition, promotion and equal pay for equal work.
When this happens it is natural for you who is at the receiving end of this treatment to seek some sort of redress. This usually takes the form of having a confrontation or what is termed a difficult conversation with your superior. If you don’t take the time to clarify what your intentions are, you can put yourself in a situation where you disempower yourself even further.
Before approaching any difficult conversation, especially one that puts you in a position to advocate for yourself. It is crucial to have clarity on the following:
^ Clarify your intentions
Are you clear about the outcome of this confrontation or do you just need to vent and get this anger out of your chest?
If you just need to vent maybe a confrontation with your boss is not the place to do it, maybe what you need is a venting session with your best friend, your mentor or a coach.
If you are going to take the risk of having a difficult conversation with someone who has more positional power than you have then you have to have an intention.
^Clarity of Strategy
You also need to have a strategy, you have to consider your timing, anticipate different outcomes and prepare your response accordingly . This moves you from victim to an intentional, deliberate creator of your reality.
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