So by now, we have all attended at least one class on “respecting diversity”. So my question now is, “How is that working for you?” It’s time that we moved beyond the thoughts and feelings of respecting diverse cultures, ways of life, religions, sexual preferences, geographic locations, etc. and start doing the actions that show that we are truly proactively including others into our circles. So what if you respect diversity- are you enabling that feeling of respect to have an influence on your life and the lives of those around you? Are you being inclusive to demonstrate that you respect diversity?
Here is a list of top 10 behaviors that you can do to embrace the behaviors of being inclusive. I’m sure you can think of more! Please drop me a note with your ideas of what being inclusive means to you… Let’s make a commitment to widen our circles!
Top 10 behaviors to help us to be inclusive.
- Sit down at a table that you do not normally sit at and say hello to someone you do not know.
- When you walk into a meeting and there are people there that you do not know, approach them and introduce yourself.
- There is someone on your team that you seem to be at odds with. Open up the dialogue by saying, “I want us to get on the same page.”
- You see someone who is in need of assistance; Offer to hold the door open or carry a heavy load.
- Someone makes a suggestion. Tell him/her, “I love that idea” instead of wishing it had been your idea.
- Someone in your group is frustrated by some company decisions. Reach out to find out if he/she wants to talk instead of silently wishing he/she would just stop complaining.
- Someone makes a suggestion that has already been tried before. Ask, “How would that work differently than before?” instead of saying, “We already did that”.
- Ask someone, “What do you think would make this easier for all of us?”
- Say to someone, “I really like your ideas.”
- Smile and tell someone that you are glad that you get to work with him/her.
I think sometimes we spend too much time wishing that someone else would do something – when we need to be “that someone else”. Take the first step, extend the first smile and offer the first handshake. Being first has its privileges!
MOMENT OF REFLECTION
What have you done today to include someone or extend yourself beyond your typical boundaries?