Ultimately, inclusion is experienced in the quality of our one-on-one interactions with people who are different to us.
Becoming more inclusive is about taking a stand beside those experiencing injustices and helping to confront the bigger issues – like equality for blacks, women and LGBTQ+.
But being inclusive is also about understanding the needs of people feeling isolated on their own during COVID, the “squeezed middle” looking after parents and children, junior members requiring more support and help getting plugged in, colleagues with disabilities, and on goes the list.
Building more inclusive cultures is about learning to build better relationships across difference.
Inclusion is about making “space” for people who are different to us on any dimension and finding ways to build supportive relationships across that difference so that everyone can thrive.
It’s about equipping all of us to “turn up” well and play our part in creating the environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and that they belong. Which means it’s about achieving outstanding bottom-line results through pouring our energies into innovation rather than editing, through winning together rather than being defensive. When we each get better at building strong relationships across differences, everyone wins.
Inclusion is everyone’s response–ability.
We help leaders and teams develop an understanding of the issues around inclusion, diversity and equality and equip them to build strong relationships across difference, replacing habits that damage relationships with habits that strengthen them. Typical solutions include: