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Dianne Floyd Sutton has a wealth of experiences and observations to share regarding her expertise in Human Resource Development (HRD) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).  She has witnessed the evolving workplace and its people dynamics.  Dianne created Sutton Enterprises in 1987 to "put fires out in organizations."  And she is still putting out fires. Her work experience includes car hop, recreation leader, children's hospital ward clerk, middle school math teacher, EEO investigator, EEO Instructor, Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Commissioner, board member, and adjunct professor.      

   

"As a maturing baby boomer, I would like to share what I have learned.  While things have changed, some things have remained constant. Things that still apply in this evolving workplace."


On Treating People - the Platinum Rule April 18, 2019

The Platinum Rule is an expansion of the Golden Rule.   We cannot assume that others want to be treated the same way we do. Equity vs. Equality Aesop’s Fable “A fox and a stork are given the same size dish with the same amount of food. The dish is wide and shallow and very easy for the fox to eat out of. But the stork cannot reach the food properly because its long beak and long legs make it awkward to eat out of the shallow dish. Treating everyone the same does not mean that everyone will be treated fairly.  … Read More

Just a Thought On Privilege April 18, 2019

When you're accustomed to privilege equality feels like oppression. Read More

A Quote April 14, 2019

"You are where you are today because you stand on somebody's shoulders.  And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself.If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders.  It's the quid-pro-quo of life."                                            Vernon Jordan                                            Attorney and Civil Rights… Read More

On Branding - What is Important to you? March 10, 2019

BRANDING What is important to you? During my career development, I discovered that before I could brand yourself, develop personal and career vision and mission statements,  first I had to identify what was important to me.  What did I value?  It changed over the years.  I first wanted money and security.  But my values changed over the years.  This change of “what is important” was made painfully clear after working for the Federal government for 12 years.   I realized that change and variety as well as influencing people were vital to me in a career.  I realized that creativity, independence, justice,… Read More

On Racism March 9, 2019

Racism + prejudice plus powerExert from White Fragility, Robin DiAngeloRacism is a white problem.  It was constructed and created by white people and the ultimate responsibility lies with white people.  For too long we"ve looked at it as if it were someone else's problem as if it was created in a vacuum.  I want to push against the narrative. Read More

POSH Prevention of Sexual Harassment - Here We Go Again! January 28, 2019

Since 1987, Sutton Enterprises has developed and delivered Prevention of Sexual Harassment training (POSH).  I thought after the first round of training after Tailhook people would get the message, but it seems every twenty years it becomes popular again. Remember Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill? In the wake of MeToo, states and cities have upped the requirements for harassment prevention training, with four states now requiring training not only of managers but of all employees.  As of January 1, 2019, 20% of the US population lives in states with anti-harassment training mandates, and another 15% live in municipalities that strongly suggest or encourage… Read More

Happy New Year????? January 8, 2019

If you are reading this post, you are still here, alive.  So here we go again.  2018 was mean, but we are still here.  2019 will be clean and lean.    Even now, as the consultant, it is not easy.  For some, our invoices may be unpaid while the government is closed, the training schedules are all canceled, and there is no planning for the future Please, please, hold on tight.  This shutdown will pass.  I believe in praying and sending positive vibes.  Life goes on and so will you go on.  This shutdown is a time to be creative and personally communicate… Read More

Optimist Creed to Start 2019 January 8, 2019

Below is the Optimist Creed to start 2019:Promise Yourself... To be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press… Read More

Quote by President LB Johnson November 30, 2018

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."It is all artificial. Read More

Things You Might Not Want to Say October 15, 2018

Things You Might Not Want to Say! (Adapted from Diversityinc.com)   American Indians Coworkers Hey, Chief                                                                             How Indian are you? Squaw                                                                                 Do you live… Read More

Unrealistic Expectations October 15, 2018

Unrealistic Expectations That the problems of the past that have influenced your life must continue to determine your feelings and behavior. That health and happiness can be realized by waiting for someone else to make it happen. That other people are bad is they do not share your same values. That all is lost when you get treated unfairly or experience rejection. That you cannot control or change your feelings That unless everything is structured and understandable, there is a reason to be fearful or anxious That you must be competent and adequate all the time That it is easier… Read More

Setting Workplace Norms – Preventing Sexual Harassment September 17, 2018

Setting Workplace Norms – Preventing Sexual Harassment 1.         Be careful about whom, where and how you touch others.    Note that            touching norms vary among cultures.   2.        Be sensitive to employees' personal space.  Appropriate interpersonal distances           vary from culture to culture.  A comfortable distance for most Americans to stand             for social conversation is about 4 feet.  We tend to move closer to people we like              and away from people, we do not if we have a choice. 3.         Refrain from asking employees/co-workers… Read More

Labels May 5, 2018

Just a thought By Lady Di When people say to you why do you call yourself African American?  Why can’t we all just be Americans?  Give them a history lesson based on Census Bureau data Blacks, like whites, are the only other group continuously identified by the census since 1790.  The language used to refer to Blacks has changed over the decades. After slavery ended, during the second half of the 19th century, census data helped drive scientific theories of race that were used at the time to justify discrimination. That's why the census added "quadroons" and "octoroons" as categories in 1890. These were… Read More

COPING With ISMs May 1, 2018

COPING With ISMs Recognize that ISMs (racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, etc.) are a part of USA culture and in every institution:  education, healthcare, media, politics, sports, employment, housing, economics, and religion.  It is highly unlikely that they will go away in my foreseeable lifetime. If you accept this point-of-view as the reality of our society, then you will be better able to successfully confront ISMs when they do appear.  The psychological effects are many:  a negative self-image, self-hatred, rejection of personal history, low self-ideal (expectations), low self-esteem (values), depression, and constant feelings of anxiety in the company of the dominant… Read More

Food for Thought Quotes May 8, 2017

Exerts from "Random Acts of Kindness"Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill toward all men. Agape is an overflowing of love, which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would day that is the love of God operating in the human heart. When you rise to love at this level, you love all men not because you like them, not because their ways appeal to you, but you love them because God loves them. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now,… Read More

Rules to Work By May 8, 2017

Rules to Work By •Be responsible for your behavior.•If you created the problem then solve it.•If you wore it to the club or beach then don’t wear it to work. •Smell and look clean and fresh. •Be early rather than late to work.•You are not all that important.•You don’t get a trophy for showing up for work – you earn it.•Leave your drama at home.•Work takes energy – that is why you get paid.•See your job from your bosses’ eyes.•When at work put your cell phone away. •Take the time to encourage others at work.•“Please” and “thank you” count at… Read More

Shout out ot the Maryland Park Police May 8, 2017

This is a shout out to the participants of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division, First Line Supervisors Training. Meeting the ChallengeBeyond Race and GenderExamining Generational DiversityBelow are the answers of the quiz:1. The first E in the M.E.E.T. model refers to explore differences.2. The second E in the M.E.E.T. model refers to empathize respect.3. The T in M.E.E.T stands for take _____. 4. Remember the Platinum Rule; Treat people as they others as they want to be treated. 5. Identify the most appropriate media to communicate. 6. Micro-inequities are the small communications of disrespect, inequity and… Read More

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You File an EEO Compliant - Part 1 May 8, 2017

So the organization and/or your supervisor did you wrong. Specifically what happened? When did it happen? What was going on? Were you fired? Were you demoted? Did you lose pay? Are you being harassed by a coworker, vendor, and/or supervisor? Did you tell anyone about it? What aspect of your employment do you feel is unfair? Is it covered under EEO? Are there any witnesses to the incident? What do you want? All these questions and more must be answered if you want to successfully file a complaint of employment discrimination.This article is a summary of my professional responses to… Read More

A Really Happy New Year May 8, 2017

Happy New Year - don't forget to be about you. This is almost the end of January and it is important to focus on you. We had a lot of drama and foolishness is our lives in 2015 and sometimes we forget to exhale and inhale and we become breathless. Be a little selfish! This is a good time to reflect on and plan for what to accomplish in 2016. Write it on a paper napkin - send yourself a messages - just do it!According to my professional and spiritual friend Doc Gabe, Gabe Hamda, Ph.D., there is power in… Read More

EEO Training - 10 minutes is not enough May 8, 2017

The original articles is from Fair Measures, Inc. but it validates everything I have said for over 25 years. The case actually reminds me of a case in which I was an expert witness on EEO training in a racial discrimination case in West Virginia. When organizations skimp on EEO training for managers, supervisors and employees the costs are horrendous. Two to Three hours on a regular basis really helps to reinforce the policy and the laws. Ten minutes is simply not enough. First of all the employees do not take it seriously and has no positive effect. Third It… Read More

Just S.M.I.L.E May 8, 2017

People ask me why I am always smiling. Life can throw you for a loop or two. Sometime all you can do is smile. Smile means to me:S = Summon your spiritualityM= Manage your mind and emotionsI = Imagine better timesL = Love yourself and othersE = Exercise your mind and bodyPeaceHappy New YearDianne Floyd SuttonSutton Enterprises Read More

Employers Don't Make Assumptions About Your Pregnant Employees May 8, 2017

After all these years, organizations are still discriminating against pregnant employees. But now they have to pay for it . On November 10, 2015, Legal Momentum (The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund), the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each issued a press release announcing settlement of claims of pregnancy discrimination brought by female officers against the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA), an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates seven intrastate toll bridges and two tunnels in New York City. The law enforcement division of… Read More

Defining Employee Training vs. Employee Development May 8, 2017

Employee Training and Employee Development are not the same.  Training means to "put in" while development means to "draw forth".   We know it is important to use both in today's workplace.  Skills and knowledge are put into people but character, maturity, integrity, emotional intelligence and commitment to vision are drawn forth from them.  Employee development is about professional and personal empowerment. Training and development represents independent paradigms.  Practicing these two paradigm calls for different sets of skills.  I have found over the years that most organizations train; they don't develop.  Leadership programs are very important.  What do you think? Read More

Receiving Criticism - Three Suggested Actions May 8, 2017

Giving and receiving criticism can create some of the most stressful work situations. However, if done correctly criticism can be valuable tool in improving our own performance, as well as the performance of others.Criticism is a two way process. Giving and receiving criticism are two sides to a coin. One reason people avoid giving feedback is because they feel uncomfortable receiving it. Sometimes they fear that the person they are criticizing will criticize them right back, So they avoid the situation. Some people may also fear damaging a relationships they have established by hurting people's feelings or making them angry.… Read More