Meeting differences with neutrality, meaning with non-reaction and non-judgment, is very challenging. But I found an easy and fun way to practice it daily which I share in this blog today.
In the 1970s, when I was transitioning from a career as a chemical engineer to a diversity coach, I worked mostly with men. I noticed that a lot of them frequently cursed.
Being raised by a mother who believed ‘cursing is bad’, I had adopted that belief and it really rubbed me the wrong way. 😠 I’d get irritated and think, You don’t say words like that, it’s bad to curse. I would even actively scold the men and say “No, no, no! You shouldn’t curse!”
Then one day, when I was talking to my coach at the time about it, I got caught by surprise.
Do you want to be recognized as a great team leader, because of the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, or your gender?
Do you want to be recognized as a great team leader who played a role in transforming the healthcare industry because you saw, honored and valued the unique differences each team member brought to the table?
If you chose the second statement, this blog is for you!