Coaches must make a concerted effort to get to know every person they interact with and to notice and understand what drives them to want to come back week after week. Adopting a person-centered approach is fundamental to becoming a more inclusive leader. So what is behind the terms diversity and inclusion?
Diversity and inclusion. Words resonate like values. Sounds like a new mantra, doesn’t it?
If you don’t repeat and articulate these words, let alone integrate them into your organization or communities culture, you will quickly feel excluded. Let’s accept the diversities and acknowledge them. They are not limited to gender, sexual preferences, physical and mental disabilities, chronic and disabling illnesses, ethnicity, skin color, and facial features, to name but a few. We will have to give meaning and perspective to these words that often offer a clear conscience to those who use them but do not necessarily always make things happen.
It’s time to work on yourself, change our mental filters, and discuss inclusion. There is no inclusion if we lack open-mindedness and if we bring a binary and dogmatic approach to others and the situations around us.
Let’s relearn to doubt and put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. “All clarity schematizes the mental world.” by Boris Cyrulnik. Therefore, it is necessary to find the grey area, to bring some doubt about the stimuli that saturate us. How to include the other if we do not accept ourselves? Accepting one’s contradictions and areas of uncertainty is perhaps a necessary first step to welcoming one’s differences with the other.
Never has the education of our children been so decisive in aiding in recognizing distinction, to question what they have been taught. It is time to face mental dictatorships. Inclusion and diversity are not the prerogatives of a minority; they are everyone’s business.
Let’s keep an open mind and open our hearts. While showing our presence to one another with an open heart and without judgment, we will go a long way toward inclusion. Our society talks about diversity yet has become so individualistic and uncompassionate. We no longer take the time to listen to each other.
Humility will make us discover the other with the stance of a learner. Our joyful and enthusiastic curiosity is necessary to learn to recognize each other better by rediscovering the other and reconciling this long-repressed dark side.
Being a coach invites us to think differently by giving more importance to the system and the context rather than the content. I realized this last week during my intervention in Mexico. I participated in a group activity in a mythical place near Mexico City, the Hacienda Galindo. I am very grateful to my clients at LSC Communications Mexico, that allowed me to discover these 10 acres of colorful space with its bougainvillea and inspiring history.
It is said; that Hernán Cortés gifted this hacienda to Malinche back in 1524 as a demonstration of his love and gratitude for being by his side during the mission that changed his life and the history of the world.
Converted to Christianity, “Malinche” was baptized with the name of Marina, remaining at the service of Cortés as interpreter, conciliator, and counselor until 1524.
Being a coach allows me to discover magical, historic places rich in symbols. Despite 20 years spent in Mexico, I did not know about this mythical and bewitching place.
Like La Malinche, I felt like a singular “counselor” on July 14 and 15, 2022. My job is not only to translate behaviors but also to reveal system elements, inspire leaders, and carefully interpret their words and languages.
A Group Coaching event transcends the contexts in which we work. It is quite the opposite of the remote video conferences that in no way replaces the spectacle of orange trees and bougainvilleas and imposing trees that in-person training brings us.
Changing context consists of changing space and time during a determined period. We anchor ourselves emotionally in a combination that allows us to live and feel new emotions. The coach creates a fragile bubble necessary to suspend judgments and connect with the present moment.
Our perspectives align, and new experiences emerge. The warmth of our exchanges and the guarantee of emotional security allow us to build a new chapter within the group. Cultures stir and values crackle. The words unite, and the faces relax.
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