There are many necessary and uncomfortable conversations occurring in the world right now. There are many opinions and perspectives. There are people that want to support each other and don’t know how.At Epiphany, our goal is to champion humanity and relationships in the world. Now is a key time to look inward and check into our own values and biases…to ask the question, “How am I leading myself when it comes to equality, diversity, inclusion, fighting for humanity?”
“Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways.... Unconscious patterns can play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot.” — Howard Ross, Founder of Cook Ross Inc.
Now is a good time to do a perspective check…what are my biases and how are they showing up in my actions, my words, my relationships?
Here are some questions we are asking ourselves and our clients…
- How are you listening? Are you listening just to respond with your own opinion or are you truly listening to understand someone else’s perspective?
- How are you judging? How is that judgment showing up in your words and behavior?
- How are you demonstrating empathy when you truly have no idea what it is like to be in that other person’s shoes?
- How are you creating safety with others by your conversations and your actions?
- What conversations are you having? Are your conversations safe or are they courageous? Are you aware of the impact of your conversation on others? Are you open to the difficult conversations people want to have with you?
- How are you demonstrating transparency? How are you sharing what you stand for? How are you listening to what others stand for? Is there judgment or openness in the listening?
- How are you demonstrating generosity to others around you? Are you generous with your words, your actions, your listening? What prevents you from being generous?
- How is your level of candor with yourself and with others? What kind of courageous conversations are you having? How often do you solicit candid feedback from others?
How are you leading yourself today? What’s the impact you are having in the world? What’s the impact you want to have in the world?
We are challenging ourselves and you to:
- Have ONE challenging conversation...you know, that one you are afraid to have because you don’t know how the person will react or you don’t think you have the right words. Have it anyway!
- Look for ONE opportunity to listen to another person’s point of view to really try to understand their perspective on a tough issue. Especially seek out someone you have nothing in common with, you don’t understand or perhaps with whom you have previously had issues connecting.
To help you self-educate we have provided a list of resources that you can read, listen and watch. Please explore them below and share.
Groups and organizations:
- Bail project
- Niagara's falls Underground Railroad heritage
- missing indigenous woman and children in Canada
- black women in motion
Podcasts & Videos:
- Pod save the people
- Bystander action on preventing race-based discrimination
- 12 movies you should watch about the black experience in America