Amplifying the Voices of the Unheard with Brian McComak

Diversity is key to the success of the organization. It fuels creativity and innovation by merging different perspectives and experiences. But empowering all members of the organization to embrace their whole authentic selves can be tricky if leaders don’t listen to their struggles and concerns. Amplifying the voices of marginalized groups and minorities can help the human power of a business reach its fullest potential. In this episode, Brian McComak, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, breaks down the benefits of taking feedback when leading an organization with humanness. Tune in to learn more about how promoting a healthy dialogue can create a better environment for people to succeed.

Guest Info

Brian McComak, CEO & Founder - Hummingbird Humanity

Brian McComak is a diversity and inclusion consultant, speaker, author, and facilitator with over twenty years of experience in D&I, HR, company culture, change management, internal communications, and employee experience. He is the founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, a consulting firm that cultivates and champions inclusive workplace cultures and human-centered leadership.

He is also the author of Humanity in the Workplace: A Blueprint for Building an Inclusive and Equitable Company Culture which will be released in 2022.


Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Avoid the shame, blame, and guilt that’s historically been associated with DEI practices which leads to marginalized groups shutting down
  • Promote open dialogue and show vulnerability to understand where people are coming from and improve their chances of success
  • Treat feedback as a gift to help their people feel seen and heard

What to listen for:

[02:38] What it means to amplify the voices of the unheard

[10:12] What it takes for leaders to create a more human workplace

[13:37] Showing care, respect, and trust when asking for feedback

[18:34] Shame, blame, and guilt vs. building bridges of trust and connection

[20:45] Treating feedback as a gift

[24:23] Overcoming reluctance to adopting DEI practices

[32:16] Personal challenges to becoming an inclusive leader

[42:35] Brian’s self-limiting story

[45:27] Quick questions with Brian

[51:23] Brian’s challenge to leaders to make a more human workplace


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