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The Only One in the Room

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Radial Development Group

February 1 · Issue #48 · View online

Our thoughts on running a company, tech insight, news, and nerd life.


A few months ago, I was doom scrolling on Twitter and read this:
“One way companies can foster diversity in tech is to invite underrepresented speakers to their events to speak about topics other than diversity in tech.”
Arlan Hamilton tweet, Oct. 29, 2021
At the time, a Radial team was in the process of planning how to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. We opted to wait until Black History month, and with Dr. King and Ms. Hamilton’s words in mind, scheduled an online panel discussion – 9 a.m. MST Feb. 7 – to listen, learn and reflect.
Radial will host The Only One in the Room with Rod Hicks, a journalist and diversity specialist; Marie Roker-Jones, an entrepreneur and founder; and Jhun de Andres, an educator and software engineer. Interested? Click here to register.
We’ll ask:
  • What do you wish people knew about being the only one, or one of the few people of color, in a work setting? 
  • Why is it important for employers to hire diverse staff?
  • What have you lost the capacity to be civil about? 
We hope you’ll join us. 
Ciao,
Lori 
p.s. Once more, for the people in the back, The Only One in the Room is at 9 a.m. MST Feb. 7

Nerdery
Penguins feet don’t freeze, even though they stand on ice for months.
Culture
To document Notre Dame Cathedral’s rebuilding, a photographer used climbing ropes, a custom drone and a wooden camera, among other equipment.
Sparking Genius
From our friendly neighborhood nerd Ariana F., at Rosabella Consulting
Listening to Connect
When I was working on my Conversational Intelligence certification, a colleague said, “Being listened to feels so much like being loved, it’s hard to tell the difference.”
I have yet to encounter someone who has not experienced a time when they felt unseen or unheard. Such moments can be frustrating, hurtful and humiliating.
Conversely, when we feel someone is listening deeply. When another strives to understand our perspective and truly hear our story, we experience a sense of connection. That is fueled by the release of oxytocin (a.k.a. the love hormone) in the brain.
In Conversational Intelligence we call that Listening to Connect, not to judge, confirm or reject. When we Listen to Connect our focus is on putting ourselves in the other person’s shoes. This simple practice drastically changes the dynamics of our conversations and relationships.
In what situation could you benefit from practicing Listening to Connect?
Would you like to learn more about Listening to Connect? Sign up to receive a FREE worksheet from Ariana online here.
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