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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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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