The deep work of diversity, equity, and inclusion to create belonging
Clearly, 2020 and 2021 are unique years where events, around the world, are inspiring people and organizations large and small to examine the unspoken rules that define culture and impact race, gender, and other cross-cultural relations. We all want to be respected for who we are and the cultural contexts we bring with. We want to feel seen, heard, and appreciated; we long to belong. Diversity bonuses, such as (1) improved innovation, (2) better decision-making, and (3) increased profitability, do not emerge simply by putting diverse people together in a team; diversity can create friction.
Being culturally competent helps to alleviate the challenges diverse teams face, and transform that friction into creative energy. Whether we interact domestically or internationally, this has created a need to increase our cultural competence.
To address this need, the Unique Cultural Lens (UCL) workshop supports every participant’s efforts to maximize the value they’ll get from doing their UCL Exercise. Its underlying model and the exercise are described in: Your Unique Cultural Lens: A guide to cultural competence. More information on how to sign up for the UCL workshop can be found below, as well as information about how to order the book.
Are you ready to dive into the collection of filters that create your cultural lens, so you can own who you are and better
affect positive change that engages, inspires, and motivates others whether in your personal life or within your
organization or client systems? This is the deep work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to create belonging.
The Unique Cultural Lens (UCL) Workshop offers a proven framework and transformational experience to do this.
Through interactive remote conversations, it’ll come alive how exploring your UCL will: deepen your self- and systems-
awareness, enhance your ability to be authentic and accountable, and align your impact on others with your intent.
Its Developmental Objectives are to increase your capacity for:
- Self-Awareness, enabling you to fully understand and own who you are
- Systems-Awareness, empowering you to interact mindfully with the deeply systemic cultural elements that affect us
- Being authentic, and interact across cultural contexts and differences in a way that respects others and yourself
- Being accountable, growing your ability to strategically change your mind and behavior, aligning impact with intent
- Cultural competence, whether across oceans, gender, race, or just across your street
Want to see some examples of other people’s UCLs? Check out our book website!