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The podcast about the social hierarchies that keep white men in power positions at work, most of the rest of us out of them, and what we can do about it.

You feel robbed of your dignity, treading water from the shockwaves of abuse at work. You're stuck in a state of anger, ruminating about why and how you got here. You desperately want to move forward with your life.

Here you will find the validation and clarity to break free of your abuser's definition of you, heal from the trauma, and re-define your life on your own terms — and no one else's. Deb Falzoi will help you deeply understand workplace abuse so you can tap into your inner badass, screw the hierarchy, and define life on your own terms.

Take the plunge to a new you by dropping your email at https://bit.ly/36GWyBm

Email show ideas or questions for Q&A episodes to info@dignitytogether.org.

Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

Screw the Hierarchy Deb Falzoi

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The podcast about the social hierarchies that keep white men in power positions at work, most of the rest of us out of them, and what we can do about it.

You feel robbed of your dignity, treading water from the shockwaves of abuse at work. You're stuck in a state of anger, ruminating about why and how you got here. You desperately want to move forward with your life.

Here you will find the validation and clarity to break free of your abuser's definition of you, heal from the trauma, and re-define your life on your own terms — and no one else's. Deb Falzoi will help you deeply understand workplace abuse so you can tap into your inner badass, screw the hierarchy, and define life on your own terms.

Take the plunge to a new you by dropping your email at https://bit.ly/36GWyBm

Email show ideas or questions for Q&A episodes to info@dignitytogether.org.

Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    After her boss put her life in danger with zero accountability, why has this Black female police officer been fighting for a decade? Part 1

    After her boss put her life in danger with zero accountability, why has this Black female police officer been fighting for a decade? Part 1

    Boston police officer Brenda James began her career in the male-dominated, dangerous field in 1994. Her district was changing, becoming more inclusive and diverse. The police department adopted a different model of policing — “community policing” — developing partnerships and relationships with community members. Officer James was assigned to help carry out that mission. She was recognized for the work she did as a community service officer and then became a juvenile officer, a liaison between the police department and community – school officials, clergy, business-owners, social service agencies, and programs. She was involved in roundtable discussions, interventions, mediation, individual educational plans for students at risk, court advocacy for juvenile delinquents, and relationship-building with probation. She became certified to mediate and earned a masters degree in criminal justice from Boston University.

    But all that work went down the drain when a higher-up targeted Brenda in 2011 and escalated the abuse to a traumatic event on June 8, 2012.

    Learn more:
    https://www.dignitytogether.org/blog/police-officer-endured-series-of-abuses-for-eight-years-after-management-error


    If you've been abused at work related to your race, gender, disability, age, or other demographic and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 48 min
    The stereotypes that keep most of us out of power at work

    The stereotypes that keep most of us out of power at work

    There's one MAJOR factor that keeps mostly white men in power and the rest of us out of it: stereotypes. And they're not just reinforced at work. They're reinforced in the courts, rendering discrimination law not powerful enough to disrupt social hierarchies at work.

    That power results in a distinct hierarchy along demographics and income — aka how we as a culture value work as it relates to racial and gender stereotypes and how much comfort groups can experience with their incomes. Authors of the book Rights on Trial report this hierarchy of median incomes by demographic in 2014:
    Asian American men, $59,766
    White men, $58,712
    Asian American women, $48,419
    White women, $44,236
    African American men, $41,167
    African American women, $35,212
    Latino men, $35,114
    Latina women, $30,329 (yes — that's about HALF the median income of Asian American men)

    If you've been abused at work related to your race, gender, disability, age, or other demographic and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 18 min
    What it means to take radical responsibility for our lives after abuse at work

    What it means to take radical responsibility for our lives after abuse at work

    If we look at the word "responsibility," we see it literally means ability to respond. That ability to respond to situations that serve or don't serve us is where our power lies. And if we take 100% radical responsibility for that power, we more clearly see our choices where we once had tunnel vision, focused on the injustice and the grief. In this episode, I talk about what it means to take radical responsibility for our lives.


    If you've been abused at work related to COVID-19 and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 10 min
    What justice looks like for those whose abuse falls under illegal discrimination

    What justice looks like for those whose abuse falls under illegal discrimination

    What does justice mean, even for those whose abuse falls under illegal discrimination? The authors of Rights on Trial took a deep dive into the wide variety of outcomes for plaintiffs and defendants in discrimination cases — and how the legal system is rigged to keep hierarchies at work intact.


    If you've been abused at work related to COVID-19 and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 7 min
    How to take control of your career — and your life

    How to take control of your career — and your life

    If we took passive approaches to our careers and lives, we'd look at job postings and see what we fit into. But if we took assertive approaches, we'd ask ourselves what we want to accomplish in life, where we want to be, what we want work to look like for us, and what first step we can take to get there. In her book Reinvention Roadmap, author Liz Ryan calls this step "getting altitude" — and it's a key step in taking back your life.


    If you've been abused at work related to COVID-19 and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 8 min
    How to prevent nastiness from affecting you

    How to prevent nastiness from affecting you

    How do we re-train our brains to process an attack? What root belief systems and thoughts can we shift to deflect mean comments? Emotional Intelligence Specialist and Founder of Positive EQ Kirsti Gwynn reveals the inner work we can do to not internalize others' projections. http://www.positiveeq.com

    Kirsti leads the Unlocking Inner Strength: 3 Practices to Build Emotional Resilience mini-course in the six-month Healing Speaker Series: https://redefineourselves.com/healing-speaker-series/

    Kirsti is dedicated to helping caring people to overcome anxious thinking so they can feel calm and content. She holds a masters in applied positive psychology and coaching psychology, with a background in counseling, and is passionate about using evidence-based positive psychology interventions in her work. Kirsti has worked with various charities, businesses, and schools to improve mental health and well-being.


    If you've been abused at work related to COVID-19 and would like to share your story anonymously, email info@dignitytogether.org.

    If you feel like you need more help, I have a free guide to recovery steps at dignitytogether.org/targets and a signup for daily boosts through your inbox at the same place.

    Facebook: @HierarchyPodcast
    Twitter: @ScrewHierarchy

    • 13 min

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