Holding Each Other and Ourselves

For many of us, these are challenging times.  For some of us, the past few months of lockdowns and restrictions have also brought many positives.  At this time, it’s important to keep our balance – to remember that we experience both great suffering and great beauty – that is our human condition. Our task is…

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We are responsible for creating the change we want to see

Taking responsibility for our own thinking and actions, nurturing our critical thinking abilities, ensuring we inform ourselves through a variety of perspectives sourced from a wide range of people in our lives, not just from media sources, exploring and challenging our own ideas….all of these are necessary to cultivate a practical and grounded focus on…

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Helping Yourself and Others Work Through Change

One useful tool to help ourselves and others work through changes in society, respond to new concepts, and even to understand how we relate to different people, is to locate ourselves and others using five typical roles: Innovator, Change Agent, Pragmatist, Sceptic, (Skeptic in North America), and Traditionalist. Based on Marilyn Loden’s Diversity Adoption Process,…

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Strengthen our Abilities to Work with Others

There are many things that make us unique and distinct – and there are larger, universal things that connect us. We all feel emotion. We may express it differently based on our culture, personality, and context (many of us would not bring full emotional expression to work, for example) but to be able to work…

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Start with Yourself

All effective leadership development starts with the self. Self-focus is not selfish or self-centred. We learn about the self so that we can respond more effectively to others. Our first task is to be present and self-aware. An important and useful way to cultivate self-awareness if by grounding yourself in awareness of your body. In…

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New Catalyst Report

Leaders often tell us that they understand the theory of inclusive leadership, but struggle to put it into practice. A recent report from Catalyst (Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership: Why Change Starts With You, by Dnika J. Travis, Phd, Emily Shaffer, Phd, and Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Phd) helps address this issue. Noting the benefits of inclusive…

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Welcome to this monthly newsletter, in which we explore topics relating to leadership and organisational culture, global diversity and inclusion, gender, culture, bias, and more. In this issue: Reflections Generous Multiculturalism: Facts, Truth, and the Power of Stories Decolonising the Mind Inclusive Leadership: New Catalyst Report I hope you find these sharings interesting and useful…

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Decolonising the Mind

Following up on our mention of the excellent work by Natasha Aruliah (see The Power of the Circle in our August 2019 Newsletter) comes this reminder to check our fundamental assumptions from science and environment educators Carolina Castano Rodriguez and Laura Barraza (in *13 Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation: Science Series. Edited By Lynn A. Bryan…

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Facts, Truth and the Power of Stories

Some selected facts from The Economist Special Report: Migration (November 16, 2019) If everyone who wanted to migrate were able to do so, global GDP would double according to the Centre for Global Development Migrants are far less numerous than news footage suggests – the UN estimates about 3.5% of global population are migrants, barely…

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Reflections

As we reach the end of a calendar year for many people in the world, here a few thoughts: Focus on the positives. Being aware of bias is just the beginning. What’s important is that we use that awareness to change behaviour, Knowing that humans apparently have an inbuilt bias towards the negative, it’s up…

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