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C-CRETS

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Hosts, Ricky Robinson & Keith Powell, share their 20-year adventures and pitfalls climbing the career ladder and offer advise (“C-Crets”) on avoiding the traps and thriving.

Hosts, Ricky Robinson & Keith Powell, share their 20-year adventures and pitfalls climbing the career ladder and offer advise (“C-Crets”) on avoiding the traps and thriving.

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United States

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Hosts, Ricky Robinson & Keith Powell, share their 20-year adventures and pitfalls climbing the career ladder and offer advise (“C-Crets”) on avoiding the traps and thriving.

Language:

English


Episodes

Are You Keeping Score or Scoring Points?: Activity vs. Impact

5/12/2021
Are you wondering why you may be stuck in some dead-end job? It may be because you are too focused on activity and not impact. In this episode, Keith and Ricky will define activity vs. impact, share some of our personal experiences, and talk about some of the potential negative outcomes of focusing on completing tasks but not the impact of what you are working on. They will provide some receipts on why impact matters and close out with 4 C-CRETS on how to pivot from a task master to an...

Duration:00:38:21

Turning S**t into Sugar - Effectively Dealing with a Difficult Boss

5/5/2021
At some point in our careers, we've had to work for a difficult boss, and it sucks. In this episode, Keith and Ricky will define types of bad or difficult bosses, share stories about dealing with difficult bosses, and talk about some of the potential negative outcomes of working with a bad or difficult boss. As usual, they will provide some receipts on the impact of bad and good bosses, and close out with 5 C-CRETS on how to deal with a bad or difficult boss.

Duration:00:46:58

The New Dilemma: The Right Thing vs. The White Thing

4/28/2021
When all of the social unrest of the past 15 months, white manager are finding themselves in a moral dilemma with “Doing the Right Thing vs. choosing their loyalties with doing the White Thing!" In this episode, Keith and Ricky talk about what’s going on in the world today and why it seems like a fight of right vs. white. They stories that they’ve faced during their careers when confronted with doing the right thing or the white thing. The duo provide receipts on the impact of not leaning...

Duration:00:44:59

Taking On A Stretch Assignment To Boost Your Career!

4/21/2021
My boss is talking to me about a stretch assignment. It would be a great opportunity, but I’m not sure if I am ready. I would like to get your advice on whether or not I should take the role. In this episode, Keith and Ricky define what a stretch assignment or job looks like and share examples of types of stretch roles and our experiences when they received stretch roles. They will bring those receipts on why stretch roles matter in getting to the top, and close out with 4 C-CRETS on how to...

Duration:00:44:14

Showing Up Like a Boss – C-CRETS to a Building an Executive Presence

4/14/2021
It takes more to getting to the top than just technical skills. One nebulous factor is executive presence. What is executive presence? In this episode, Keith and Ricky will define executive presence, and share some of their personal stories of good and bad examples of executive presence. They will bring those receipts on why executive presence matters in getting to the top. And close out with 5 C-CRETS on how to develop and enhance your executive pres

Duration:00:34:56

“The Dangers of Performative Allyship” – Breaking Bread with Amber Cabral

4/7/2021
In this episode, Keith and Ricky break bread with author of "Allies and Advocates, Amber Cabral, where she speaks about performative allyship, skin color, white privilege and white fragility. KP & PR bring a couple RECEIPTS about why corporate allyship is so important. And the podcast closes out with Amber sharing C-CRETS from her book regarding the 6 Steps to Being a Better Ally and a timely C-CRET for black women trying to find their voice.

Duration:00:44:04

Yesterday & Today in the Fight for Justice - A Conversation with Black Panther Party Leader Elaine Brown (Part 2)

3/31/2021
Keith and Ricky continue their conversation with former Black Panther Party leader, Elaine Brown. In this episode, Elaine will talk about her non-profit, Oakland and the World Enterprises, and how it helps empower formally incarcerated folks start their own businesses. She will also discuss what it was like as a women in the Black Panther Party, and conclude with her views on white fragility. Keith and Ricky will close out the episode with a look at events in our nation during the height of...

Duration:00:46:21

Yesterday & Today in the Fight for Justice - A Conversation with Black Panther Party Leader Elaine Brown (Part 1)

3/24/2021
It’s important to understand history and how it impacts underrepresented employees if we really want to make systemic change. In this episode, we will speak with Elaine Brown, former leader of the Black Panther Party and a historic voice in the black liberation movement. Elaine Brown will share her story, provide a look back at the Civil Rights Movement and what were the influences for her involvement with the Black Panther Party, and hear her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter Movement. So...

Duration:00:31:00

Releasing My Voice as a Black Woman – REAL Talk with Theresa Robinson

3/17/2021
Theresa Robinson is "disruptive inclusionist" and was featured last year in the Forbes list of “7 Anti-Racism Educators Your Company Needs Now.” In this episode, we will speak about the importance of finding your voice as an underrepresented professional and discuss Theresa's passion behind her most recent book, “Blaxhaustion, Karens & Other Threats to Black Lives and Well-Being”. As always, we will bring you some RECEIPTS and close out with 2 C-CRETS from Theresa on how folks can be better...

Duration:00:50:42

Transforming Whiteness to Create an Inclusive Workplace – An Interview with Dorit Cypis

3/3/2021
We are kicking off Women's History Month with an interview with Dorit Cypis. In this episode we will discuss the definitions of white fragility, systemic racism, and white privilege. We will hear from Dorit Cypis on transformation whiteness. As we always do, we will bring those RECEIPTS. And we will close out with 2 C-CRETS from Dorit on how white allies can help move the needle.

Duration:00:39:31

Finding Your Zen: Pandemic Work Life Balance and Beyond

2/24/2021
In this episode, Keith and Ricky weigh in on work-life balance 1 year into the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide their outlook on the “new normal” during and after the pandemic as well as talk about how COVID has impacted the work-life balance of underrepresented employees. As usual, they will bring those RECEIPTS and close out with 4 C-CRETS on how to find a better work-life balance during the continued pandemic.

Duration:00:42:25

The ‘Rona and It’s Wrath on Underrepresented Employees

2/17/2021
The COVID pandemic has been real for everyone across the world, but it has been especially hard for women, Black people, and other people of color. In this episode, Keith and Ricky will share stories about how COVID has personally impacted the world around us; talk about how COVID has impacted underrepresented employees; bring those RECEIPTS; and close out with 4 C-CRETS on how to support women and underrepresented employees during the pandemic.

Duration:00:38:31

Ignore, Copy or Destroy – Corporate America’s Predictable Instincts

2/10/2021
In the opening episode of Season 2, Keith and Ricky define Corporate America’s typical pattern of behavior when it comes to topics related to race and equity. They will share with you some examples of how those specific behaviors have played out all through history; provide some receipts for how Corporate America’s responses to events have not led to changes in leveling the playing for equity; close out with 4 C-CRETS on how Corporate America can hold itself accountable by breaking the cycle...

Duration:00:40:04

Season 1 Finale: Avoiding the Performance Review Trap and Looking Ahead

12/21/2020
In the C-CRETS Season 1 Finale, Keith and Ricky discuss their Season 1 journey, some of their favorite moments, and how you can avoid the year-end performance review trap. As usual, they will bring those RECEIPTS and share a double dose of C-CRETS on how you can manage your performance review and how organizations can better manage their performance review processes. And to the year 2020...bye, girl, bye!

Duration:00:48:11

Do You Really Want to Help? How White Colleagues Can Become REAL Allies

12/14/2020
Keith and Ricky keep getting the question from our white colleagues, "What can I do to help?" In this episode, they are going to challenge you to step up as a REAL ally. Keith and Ricky will define white privilege, white supremacy, and white allyship; share some of our personal stories in dealing with race and racism; provide some receipts the inequities and divides on opinions regarding race and racism in America; and close out with a double dose of C-CRETS on how our white colleagues can...

Duration:00:52:27

2020 Election Postmortem: What the Hell Just Happened?

12/7/2020
The 2020 election was a wild ride and lead to a mixed bag of results. This election will have an impact on underrepresented employees for the next decade. In this episode, Keith and Ricky share exit poll data and their perspective on what the results mean. They discuss some of the potential negative impacts of this election, share some receipts, and close out with 4 C-CRETS on how you can react as employees and leaders to this election.

Duration:00:52:04

Mirror-Mirror: Are You Being Your Authentic Self at Work?

11/30/2020
Do you feel like you constantly have to hide who you really are at work? Is fear stopping you from being your authentic self? This episode is for you. Keith and Ricky will define authenticity and what stops us from being our authentic self at work. They will share stories and examples on when or how it’s tough to be authentic at work and some of the systemic issues that prevent underrepresented employees from being 100. KP and PR will also provide some potential negative outcomes of not...

Duration:00:44:44

Ego vs. ROI: Getting the Value Out of Your Education and Certifications

11/25/2020
Does it matter where you went to college in order to get ahead? Do all those degrees and acronyms behind our names really matter? Black people in particular have all these degrees and certifications, but does it move the needle? Y’all about to be educated today! In this episode, Keith and Ricky share their personal perspectives on the ROI of education and certifications and whether or not it matters where you go to school. They will also discuss some of the potential traps in the pursuit of...

Duration:00:46:09

Code Switching: Acting on Stage at Work and at Home

11/16/2020
Underrepresented employees have to have a language for home and one for work. This "bilingualism" takes a mental toll and forces many to suppress their authentic selves. In this episode, Keith and Ricky share personal stories on how they’ve had to code-switch during their careers; discuss some of the potential negative outcomes of code switching in the workplace; provide some receipts on how code switching impacts underrepresented employees; and close out with a double dose of C-CRETS on how...

Duration:00:42:21

Dissing My Name and How It Can Impact My Career

11/9/2020
Have you ever been disrespected because of your name? You ever wonder if you been denied opportunities because of your name? In the episode, Keith and Ricky will share personal stories about how their names and how others they know have had their names weaponized. They will also discuss some of the potential negative outcomes that “uncommon” or “non-Americanized” names have on employees in the workplace. And they will close out with four C-CRETS on how to deal with people dissing your name.

Duration:00:28:03