Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential ingredients for creating a high-performing culture of connection, belonging, and trust.

But … very tangibly … how do we do it?

To answer that, I’m bringing in the one and only, Meg Bolger, co-founder of the Safe Zone Project and creator of Facilitator Cards.  

Thanks to Meg, my current favorite way to weave a more inclusive and empathetic mindset into our language and actions is to add “for me” to the end of our sentences (out loud or in your mind). Examples:

  • This is not expensive (for me). 
  • This project was really easy (for me). 
  • Fear for my safety going out at night is not an issue (for me). 
  • Working 60-80 hours a week isn’t a big deal (for me).  

Two tiny words—that’s all it is, but those two words completely changed how I think about the entire topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Really, it has shifted how I interact and see people day to day. 
 
Now, I expect there might be lots of opinions on this topic…and I’d love to hear them all! Please, please drop a comment after watching the video to let me know what you think. Asking for different opinions and beliefs is one small—but important—part of tuning into the diversity that exists all around us. 

Toward real connection—online and off,

CHAD LITTLEFIELD
Creator of the Connection Toolkit
Co-Founder at We and Me

PSHave you checked out our new Connection Before Content Masterclass? This course will give you 9+ practical exercises and leadership tips for how to run them effectively. It’s perfect for leaders, educators, facilitators, or anybody organizing an event—online or off. You’ll understand both the science and art about how to create a culture of connection and real communication in your organization. As a thanks for being on our list, I’d welcome you to use the coupon code “friendsarenice” at checkout to get 10% toward your order. 

You can use the coupon code “CONNECT2022” for $20 toward your purchase! Valid until January 31, 2022. 

PPS If you’re not sure how to even start this conversation, you can check out these two videos below for some deeper suggestions on the “topic of tough topics.” 

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