Candor & Diplomacy in the Context of Race and Racism

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When to speak forthrightly about what we are sensing and feeling? How to say it and to whom? How does our desire to speak with candor and, alternatively, the need for diplomacy align with our goals? What are the consequences of speaking up or not doing so.


The tension of Candor & Diplomacy influences all of us in public settings, at work and at home. This is especially apparent in conversations in the context of race and racism. This tension impacts individuals from groups that are marginalized in the broader ‘white’ culture very differently from those identifying with the dominant culture.

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In this workshop, gain a better understanding of: · How awareness, identity and adult development intersect with this tension · How power and risk, fear and fragility play into this dynamic · The superpowers of those who have learned to code-shift
Join leaders, coaches and other professionals who are committed to learning and growth by exploring their experience of this tension: · Share your perspectives and experience, if you choose to do so, in a psychologically safe space · Observe examples of this dynamic in video and print. · Learn frameworks, and tools to support your capacity to participate courageously in uncomfortable or difficult conversations · Use conversation to create a greater sense of belonging and inclusion on the part of all parties participating in the dialogue

The necessity to participate with more confidence, humility and capacity in these potentially fraught conversations is arising more frequently, especially in our workplace.

Although they can be uncomfortable, such conversations can also be a wellspring of affirmation, personal growth and change for you, your team, and your organization. The understanding and learning they generate are paths to more empathy and equity and lead to more inclusive organizations, which offer members of all diverse groups a sense of belonging.
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