Season 3 Episode 10: Kevin Clayton, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Cleveland Cavaliers

Kevin Clayton, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Clayton, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Cleveland Cavaliers

Social justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. Positive change. Humanity. What type of leadership and culture is needed within our places of work, communities and families and what role do we all play in setting the temperature?

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3:10 – Jason introduces Kevin Clayton VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Cleveland Cavaliers.

4:20 – Jason and Kevin talk about the NBA restart as well as the players using this as a platform.

7:05 – This is the moment where change can happen. A discussion of the time that they are in now and how that relates to leadership and the NBA, sports, and what that means to everyone. Talking about the history of sports and how it has always been in support of change and civil rights.

Sports has always been a catalyst for change.

12:50 – Talking about law enforcement but more important about systemic racism in the community and what needs to be fixed. Of the 200K people that have died of COVID-19, 70% are black and brown people.

18:23 – Kevin shares a story about why there is so much focus on the conversation of Black Lives Matter and a discussion he had with a colleague.

We as an American people are saying, “enough is enough, we need to address these systemic opportunies and issues and barriers”.

22:45 – Sports teams have come together in Cleveland to collaborate on voting, education, and law enforcement reform. Kevin talks about this historic measure in Cleveland.

27:50 – Jason asks what does it mean to be an ally in this? What can I do? How can I help?

32:30 – Kevin talks about the history of how we got to this point. It is important to understand the history.

38:04 – A discussion about leadership and what it takes for others to shine and how to have authentic leadership.

39:30 – Kevin talks about how he started and P&G and being a go-getter. A powerful book that Kevin recommends is The Go-Giver

Just reach out and say, “what can I do to help?”

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.