Diversity – Ready or Not
Delighting in Differences
Do you know how it feels to be different than the people you want to blend in with? Have you ever wondered how to blend a diverse population or team together?
My debilitating motorcycle crash saddled me with diversity and plunged me into a world for which I was totally unprepared. I imagine that dealing with other people who have disabilities is easier for me than for most people; my obvious impairments give us a clear connection.
Acting impaired in order to increase your efficiency interacting with people who have impairments makes about as much sense as trying to act like you’re of a different race or gender.
I share personal experiences and other techniques-the Five A’s-with people looking for team unity. I’ve shared them everywhere from fortune 500 companies to government agencies to community organizations.
Simply put, the purpose of the five A’s of diversity preparation is to eliminate stereotyping, which leads to prejudicial behavior—Making a judgment or assumption about someone or something before having enough knowledge to be able to do so with guaranteed accuracy. Another way to say stereotyping is: Judging a book by its cover”.
Attention: Acts of courtesy and consideration.
Acceptance: Favorable reception; approval.
Appreciation: Assessment of the true worth or value of a person.
Affection: A tendency to express warmth for a person.
Allow: To make provisions for and authorize a person for a course of action.
Who could have known getting a head injury, complete with a brain stem contusion and paralysis, would be such a positive investment in my life. I can think of nothing else which would have so abruptly opened my eyes and my mind, enabling me to discover new possibilities and see the world in the new and exciting ways of Acceptance and Appreciation, leading to my Delighting in Differences.
Keynote and Motivational Speaker Al Foxx provides thoughtful and inspiring messages that include plenty of humor.
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