Political Correctness, Politics, Parties and People

"Political Correctness, politics, parties and people"

I was at a party recently when I heard one of the male guests say “Merry Christmas”. He then exclaimed gleefully in a loud voice “Hey, we can say that now, since Trump is our President.”  Clutching my glass of wine a little tighter in order to maintain my decorum I felt a sense of deep despair and irritation. Not at being wished Merry Christmas, but at the rationale for why it was “now permissible”. Acknowledging to myself that feelings of despair are not productive and needing to keep myself forward focused I thought I would look back and mull over the history of Happy Holidays.  How did this happen? Do you remember the game when you whisper a short story into someone’s ear and…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Global Inclusiveness, Unconscious Bias.

Creating an Inclusive Environment is Complex – First Unpack the Complexity

Creating an Inclusive Environment is Complex - First Unpack the Complexity

It is easy to include others. All you have to do is make sure you actually notice people, smile at them, acknowledge them, say hello, make them feel good about themselves, include them in your conversation, seek their opinions, reassure them that you like them, actively demonstrate you are listening to them, help them to feel validated, and reassure them that their ideas have value … hmm! This is beginning to sound challenging! If you are like me, then perhaps there are people in your life for which you can easily check every “inclusion” box. Then there are others in your peripheral vision that you simply don’t see, and some you choose not to see, and some you don’t want to see, or even some you wish didn’t exist. OK, so let’s admit it; being…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion.

Blind Spots – The Book

"Blind Spots by Dr Helen Turnbull"

Today I wanted to give you an in-depth look into unconscious bias thru my book “Blind Spots” by giving you a copy. Blind Spots is an interview-style manuscript where I discuss the road map to success and how it must include consideration of diversity and inclusion challenges faced by each individual. Some of the subjects I cover include: What diversity has to do with personal and professional success Doing your own work on diversity The “diversity paradox” How competence, diversity and inclusion have made a major contribution to becoming successful The specific diversity challenges that need to be address to be successful in business What internalized oppression is and why it matters I also share examples of incompetence around diversity and inclusion and how it…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion, Unconscious Bias.

Every time it happens….

Every time it happens….

Every time it happens I think I could not possibly be more shocked. This cannot be happening. I tell myself “This is unacceptable and off the charts.” And then it happens again, but worse. Every time it happens I unconsciously move the bar of my tolerance by dumbing it down and numbing myself out from the onslaught of appalling stories. Every time it happens without knowing it I create a new normal. A new normal that eventually causes me to stop listening; to treat it like “white noise” while I have the luxury of getting on with my life and if I choose to, not switching on the news. Let me pause and ask you – what scenario came to mind as you read these…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion, Embedding Inclusion, Global Inclusiveness.

The Complexity of Creating an Inclusive Environment

"The Complexity of Creating an Inclusive Environment"

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” Arnold Palmer (1929 – 2016). When I heard the news of Arnold Palmer’s passing I stopped what I was doing and switched on the Golf Channel. I spent the rest of the evening listening to people share feelings and memories about the loss of one of golf’s greats. When I read this quote I was reminded, not for the first time, of the parallels between playing 18 holes of golf and the complexity of creating an inclusive environment. What if we take inclusion for granted and assume it is easy to accomplish when in reality it is endlessly complicated. To overcome a poor golf shot you need a better understanding of the geometry of the golf swing and…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion, Embedding Inclusion.

The privilege of conversation

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During a conversation on a flight recently my fellow passenger asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I speak on Global Inclusion and Unconscious Bias he said “Wow, then you are just the right person for me to ask this question”. He sat up, looked at me intently and said “Do you think it is possible that reverse racism exists in this country?” I asked him what he meant and he proceeded to tell me that he thinks Black people are racist too and that they are angrier at White people than we are at them. My fellow passenger was a white male. The rest of the trip we talked about the difference between individuals being racist and institutionalized racism….

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion, Embedding Inclusion.

The Illusion of Inclusion

"The Illusion of Inclusion by Dr Helen Turnbull"

• How inclusive are you really? • Do you think of yourself as a well-intentioned person? • Do you know the difference between being a good leader and being an inclusive leader? • What role does unconscious bias play in your decision making? I boarded a flight from Miami to Los Angeles earlier this year and was heading to Australia so I was settling in for a very long trip. I had my favorite window seat on the plane and I was reaching for my Bose headset to listen to my music when my fellow passenger arrived. I quickly realized that he was with the woman who was getting ready to sit down across the aisle from him. This insight was followed by a sharp…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion.

When you change the way you look at things…

"When you change the way you look at things"

When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change (Wayne Dyer) Are you getting enough sleep? It is an open secret that if you are not, then your decision making abilities are impaired. The field of Neurology has always been recognized as part of the medical sciences, however in recent years the work of individuals such as David Rock, an Australian currently living in New York, USA has made a significant contribution to bringing the field of study known as Neuro Science closer to the business world. The Neuro-Science Institute points out for example, that effective leaders need good sleep, moderate stress and positive affect; however, that is not what most leaders are exposed to. Poor sleep, maximum stress…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion.

Conscious or Unconscious? That is the question?

"Conscious or Unconscious? That is the question?"

Conscious or Unconscious? That is the question? Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. Are we in danger of having our heads in the sand and casting aside the challenges of conscious biases while we focus on the latest trend of Unconscious Bias? Helen Conway, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency director in Australia thinks we are. She was recently quoted as saying that she’d be happy to get past the out-in-the-open conscious bias first, and then deal with the hidden stuff later. This followed a similar comment she made at a UN Women event earlier this year. “I don’t…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion.

Diversity – a double edged sword

"Diversity – a double edged sword"

December News flash – the world is becoming increasingly diverse. We have been talking about embracing diversity for years.   And yet, I still hear people say they are tired of talking about it and sighing as they long for the day when it will “no longer be an issue”. Reminds me of the Rodney King quote “can’t we just all get along?” Well, apparently not. All you have to do is watch or read the news and you will quickly be disavowed of the impression that we are sensitive to each other’s gender, culture, race, sexual orientation or religious differences. And by “we” I don’t just mean Americans, I mean “we” the people of the planet. So, let’s not seduce ourselves into believing that because we “embrace differences” that we…

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Posted by Dr. Helen Turnbull in Diversity & Global Inclusion.