Guardrails for Inclusion & Empathy

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Ask questions

... to understand a point of view that’s different from yours.

Embrace all perspectives

Each perspective has the right to be shared and heard. How you chose to apply it to your personal narrative is your choice. 

Understand privilege 

We all have some kind of privilege. Understand how you can leverage your privilege on others’ behalf as well as how you can benefit from the privilege of others.

Accept and expect non-closure

We don’t have to agree in order to be heard or to listen. 

Protect your boundaries

Ensure you own your power and participate in a way that’s healthy for you. 

Assume positive intent and suspend judgement 

Take the time to ask questions and understand the experience that is informing a person’s point of view.

Honor your truth

Avoid generalizing, stereotyping and hypothetically speaking. Instead, be true to your own personality, spirit, values and experiences.

Listen courageously

Lean into the voice of dissent just as hard as you lean into the voice of agreement.  

Maintain psychological safety 

Take personal responsibility and action when you notice there is an opinion that is not being heard. 

Agree on the destination, negotiate the paths to get there 

There are many ways to solving problems and they can coexist as long as law, policy, dignity and respect are not violated. 

Balance the practice with the passion

Understand the difference between your personal values and how they inform your actions (passion) versus the values of the organization and how they inform the actions the organization takes (practice).  

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Be more committed to the relationships/interactions with others than your own personal comfort.

Inner work

Engage in ongoing critical self-reflection for personal growth and to drive authentic interactions.


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