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Issue #9 - Triple-dog-dare you to be different? I accept!

Joanne Lockwood empathically spoke at last week's "What's Next?" RecFest about inclusion by starting

Transforming Talent Insights

July 10 · Issue #9 · View online
Feeding the Passion for Transformation: Be it Talent, Culture, Work or HR

Joanne Lockwood empathically spoke at last week’s “What’s Next?” RecFest about inclusion by starting with a quote from Oprah “I see, you, I hear you, what you say matters” saying “unless I feel that to be true, I will never be included.”  People do not want to be tolerated, they want to be accepted and respected. 
To build the sentiment inclusion and diversity as being broader than race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, she asked very simple questions: “do the slides we use have enough info that a non-native English speaker can follow-along?” “Is there a way to participate in the talks on the other stages if you have difficulties walking stairs?” to make the point that it is very easy to exclude others.  As in many cases, exclusion is unintentional and would be fairly simple to accommodate for needs with little effort. But studies show that those at the edges of common culture have a hard time raising their voice to draw attention to their needs; and if the fear of rejection is strong, will tend to “cover” even more, and thus making their voice even smaller.
We know that inclusive and diverse teams, where flow, challenge, and co-creation exist, bring the most innovative solutions because they force each other to see the world differently.  Which is why, this week, we look at the beauty of inclusion and creating atmospheres where people can be their full true selves at work beyond the labels.
Because like Scott Adams of Dilbert fame says “Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.” 

The importance of confidence in your own journey
The Other F Word: Conversations About Failure: Episode 18: Karen Walrond on the Beauty of Being Different
Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement speech | Harvard Commencement 2013 - YouTube
Importance of Inclusion at Work
Eight truths about diversity and inclusion at work | Deloitte Insights
Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are | TED Talk
Why Teams Should Argue
Leading by listening to different perspectives
Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation | TED Talk
How to Manage an Insecure Employee
Inclusion in the future of work
Joy Buolamwini: How I'm fighting bias in algorithms | TED Talk
Question of the week
What was the best way that you experienced someone making you feel welcome and heard?
Last week I had a great time learning, absorbing and getting to know some great people at RecFest.  This week it is back to buckling down. And perhaps enjoying a bit of the wonderful summer sunshine.  Have a great week everyone!
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