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Keith Powell & Ricky Robinson
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.
4 days ago
Turning S**t into Sugar - Effectively Dealing with a Difficult Boss
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.
Apr 28, 2021
The New Dilemma: The Right Thing vs. The White Thing
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 into doing the right thing and how to combat bias in the workplace and close out with a double of C-CRETS for employees and employers on how to do the right thing.
Apr 21, 2021
Taking On A Stretch Assignment To Boost Your Career!
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 secure a stretch role and determine if a stretch assignment is good for you.
Apr 14, 2021
Showing Up Like a Boss – C-CRETS to a Building an Executive Presence
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
Apr 7, 2021
“The Dangers of Performative Allyship” – Breaking Bread with Amber Cabral
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.
Mar 31, 2021
Yesterday & Today in the Fight for Justice - A Conversation with Black Panther Party Leader Elaine Brown (Part 2)
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 the Black Panther Party and how they were interpreted depending on one's lived experience and backgrounds.
Mar 24, 2021
Yesterday & Today in the Fight for Justice - A Conversation with Black Panther Party Leader Elaine Brown (Part 1)
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 enjoy part 1 of our conversation with Elaine Brown!
Mar 17, 2021
Releasing My Voice as a Black Woman – REAL Talk with Theresa Robinson
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 allies and how Black women can release their voices to advocate for themselves.
Mar 3, 2021
Transforming Whiteness to Create an Inclusive Workplace – An Interview with Dorit Cypis
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.
Feb 24, 2021
Finding Your Zen: Pandemic Work Life Balance and Beyond
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.
Feb 17, 2021
The ‘Rona and It’s Wrath on Underrepresented Employees
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.
Feb 10, 2021
Ignore, Copy or Destroy – Corporate America’s Predictable Instincts
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 of predictable instincts.
Dec 21, 2020
Season 1 Finale: Avoiding the Performance Review Trap and Looking Ahead
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!
Dec 14, 2020
Do You Really Want to Help? How White Colleagues Can Become REAL Allies
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 be better allies, and how companies can create an anti-racist environment. This episode is full of resources and gems for all white colleagues interested in being an effective ally.
Dec 7, 2020
2020 Election Postmortem: What the Hell Just Happened?
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.
Nov 30, 2020
Mirror-Mirror: Are You Being Your Authentic Self at Work?
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 being authentic and conclude with 4 C-CRETS on how you can be more authentic at work.
Nov 25, 2020
Ego vs. ROI: Getting the Value Out of Your Education and Certifications
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 education and certifications. And they will wrap with those receipts and 4 C-CRETS on how you can get the maximum ROI on your educational pursuits.
Nov 16, 2020
Code Switching: Acting on Stage at Work and at Home
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 you and companies can tackle code switching in the workplace.
Nov 9, 2020
Dissing My Name and How It Can Impact My Career
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.
Nov 2, 2020
The Black Tax: The Corporate Price for Admission?
You feel like you have to work twice as hard to get ahead? This is what many of us call the "Black Tax". In this C-CRETS episode, Keith and Ricky talk about how the Black Tax has impacted them during their careers and some of the potential negative outcomes of the Black Tax on Black employees in the workplace. As usual, they will bring those receipts and wrap with four C-CRETS on how to deal with the Black Tax in your career.
Oct 26, 2020
The TRUTH: Why Voting Matters. A Conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee
With the national elections just around the corner, Keith and Ricky discuss why voting matter and how it impacts your personal and professional life with a political powerhouse, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee from California. She will bring the heat - discussion racism and discrimination she has face as a Black woman, talk about legislative solutions to some of our biggest systemic problems, and offer C-CRETS on how to vote and why it matters.
Oct 19, 2020
Water Cooler Talk at Work...Is It a Trap?
Have you ever felt like you're being baited at work? Are you tired of your co-worker gossiping all day? Do you want to know how to gracefully escape the water cooler talk? In this episode, Keith and Ricky discuss some of the most typical water cooler conversations, the potential negative outcomes, and wrap with a double dose of C-CRETS on how you and your company can deal with water cooler talk.
Oct 12, 2020
The State of Hispanic Employees in the Workplace with Andre Arbelaez
Hispanic employees face special challenges in the workplace. In this episode, Keith and Ricky interview Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council Founder, Andre Arbelaez to discuss the what it's like for Hispanics in the workplace. As usual, they will bring the "Receipts" and the C-CRETS that Hispanic employees can use to climb the career ladder and companies can utilize to make their workplaces more inclusive.
Oct 5, 2020
Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed...Negotiating Total Compensation
Get Paid! Failure to understand and negotiate for your true worth will impact your wealth creation for years to come. Keith & Ricky will give you C-CRETS on how to fearlessly negotiate your total compensation...and it's not just about that base salary!
Sep 28, 2020
I Need to Get Paid...Understanding Total Compensation
Most people only think about base salary when it comes to compensation, but that's not how you accumulate wealth or, potentially, happiness. Learn all the various C-CRETS to GETTING PAID!
Sep 21, 2020
It Takes Money to Make Money…Investing in Yourself to Build a Bad Ass Personal Brand
As you move us the career ladder, investing REAL dollars in yourself is a must. Keith and Ricky will share how investing sweat equity and real dollars in themselves paid off. They will provide those Receipts on why you must invest in yourself to stay ahead. And they will provide four C-CRET gems on how to get the return on your investment and boost your career.
Sep 14, 2020
Over-Mentored and Under-Sponsored…Why Sponsorship is the C-CRET to Reaching the C-Suite
Underrepresented employees receive plenty of mentorship, but lack sponsorship to get them to the top. Keith and Ricky explore the differences between mentorship and sponsorship, show how they've been sponsored and sponsored others, and provide those Receipts on who is getting sponsored and why it is so critical to reaching the top. They will wrap up with a double dose of C-CRETS for those looking to be sponsored and for those who have the ability to sponsor.
Sep 8, 2020
Bye Bye...Knowing When and How to Leave Your Job
We all have those days when we want to say "f**k it" and walk out the door. Keith and Ricky share their experience, interview one of Keith's long-time mentees, and lay down those Receipts. In the end, they share four critical C-CRETS on how to wrap things up and say Bye Bye the right way.
Aug 31, 2020
Don't Zap Your Career...Dealing with External Static
External stresses in life can wreck your career, especially for women and people of color. Learn our C-CRETS on how to get through and keep your career on the rails.
Aug 24, 2020
Remote Control: Working Virtually Without Wrecking Your Career
As many of us have found out during the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is no joke! In this podcast, Keith and Ricky will share how they've successfully managed remote and virtual work during their careers and provide key C-CRETS for you to successfully navigate working remotely without wrecking your career.
Aug 19, 2020
Fill Your Cups: Welcome to C-Crets
In the launch episode of the C-CRETS podcast, hosts Keith Powell and Ricky Robinson discuss their backgrounds, talk about the inspiration for C-CRETS, and set the stage for how you can get your seat at the C-Suite table!
Aug 19, 2020
You're So Articulate...Combating Microaggressions
Coded language and unconscious put downs are pervasive in Corporate America. Keith and Ricky provide common examples of microaggressions, share some microaggressions they have faced, and discuss the negative consequences that microaggressions have on underrepresented employees. Learn our C-CRETS on how to keep climbing the ladder and confront microaggressions like a boss.
Aug 12, 2020
Listen to our trailer to get the essence of C-CRETS!