Workplace integrity: Critical thinking and courageous conversations
When the #MeToo scandals broke in media organizations, The Freedom Forum Institute reached out to Jill Geisler to help identify flawed organizational systems in which misconduct flourished. She led the 2018 Power Shift Summit at the Newseum, convening people at the heart of the breaking stories, experts on sexual misconduct and discrimination, survivors and advocates. The Summit led to the Power Shift Project, for which Jill developed the Workplace Integrity curriculum.
Unlike traditional anti-harassment training, which has not proven to be effective, Workplace Integrity is designed for the way journalists — especially investigative journalists — like to tackle problems: through critical thinking. Instead of focusing on the limits of the law, it challenges people to identify flaws in logic, check facts, surface assumptions and probe for bias — all in the course of some down-to-earth conversations we rarely have at work. Take part in the Workplace Integrity Critical Thinking exercise — and learn how your own newsroom could benefit as a result.
Jill Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, and the go-to expert on media management and newsroom culture issues. She also guides the Freedom Forum Institute's Power Shift Project, to build workplaces free of harassment and discrimination. She believes the most important thing leaders do is help others succeed - and that life's too short to work with jerks. @JillGeisler
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