“Key to unlocking the positive power of inclusion is the capacity to make it safe for people to speak up.” ~Diana Whitney, Appreciative Leadership
Being Inclusive... Actions match words People talk and listen regularly All are welcome
Conversational Progression Include more people earlier in the process Start with one-on-one discussions/ small groups before large presentations
Conversational Progression Ask for insights and opinions Use open-ended questions Really listen What does this look like in League?
Conversational Progression In League: Meet with new members one-on-one Committees which ask for outside voices and opinions Ask your members about what THEY want
“As an appreciative leader, it’s your job to set the expectation and make it safe for open and honest conversation.” ~Diana Whitney, Appreciative Leadership
Equality of Voice By virtue of status, resources, presence, style, gender, race or culture, some people are granted conversational privilege; become focus of attention We must level the playing field!
Create Equality of Voice Lead with questions Listen more than you talk Be aware of who has “conversational privilege”
Remember to Find Balance Balance power of position with positive power of inclusion Find creative ways to participate as equals
A Word on Innovation Inclusion means innovation New people in a conversation leads to new possibilities New members have a fresh perspective
A Word on Wisdom Long-time members – Bring perspective – Valued resources – Informational – Inspirational
Ways to Engage Long-Timers Advisory Council Participate in planning meetings Act as mentors Act as trainers
Appreciative leaders are skilled at turning negative issues into positive questions.
AI Positive Principle More positive the questions we ask... the more positive and enduring change!
Jim Clemmer, The Clemmer Group http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-B2vOmuzOg
3 P’s of Pessimism Permanent Pervasive Personal
The Flip A simple technique to use in times of negativity. Move from complaining to brainstorming solutions
The Flip 1.Listen Carefully and repeat back what you hear. 2.Ask “What is it that you really want?” 3.Reflect what you heard by describing what the person wants in a 2-3 word phrase- AFFIRMATIVE!