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Part 3: Setting Things Right

Posted 3/24/2020

Humankind is coming to a conscious awareness about our place in the universal scheme of things. We are getting feedback from the Earth and each other about what our next choices could be. We have the opportunity to feel powerful and balanced now that we have been forced to slow down, go inside and take the time to get clear on what we really want in our lives. 

We can begin to answer the call to put our human competitive energy into the service of creativity to build a new future in which we all will thrive.  This will take individual leadership and creativity to allow us to take control of our own destinies. We are no longer at the mercy of greed and control, which has kept us in the shadow of human existence. We now have the opportunity to move into a reality where all people are valued, cared for and supported to prosper.

So what do we need to do next?

To ensure we now make decisions that will take us forward rather than keep us stuck, creative thinking and self-discipline is required to determine what it is we really want to change and rebuild.  If we want to manifest this collective vision, now is our chance to set clear, personal intentions and begin the essential work that will bring these to life.

There are three components to fulfilling our intentions:

1.      Identify and visualize what we want to create

2.     Believe that we can make it happen

3.     Take committed initial steps towards it

 

Identify and Visualize What We Want to Create

Here are a few questions to help you identify what needs renewal in your life and what is ready to be reborn.

  • What one thing in the world would you change right now?
  • What can you bring to this collective vision that nobody else can offer?
  • What do you need to balance in your own life to make it happen?

Believe That We Can Make It Happen

The past cannot be changed, but we can create a different tomorrow by our actions today. Change won’t happen if we are not fully committed intellectually and emotionally. Here are a few questions to ask yourself so you can stay strong in the face of uncertainty.

  • What matters most to you?
  • How clearly can you picture this change in the new reality?
  • On a scale from 1-10, how strong is your belief that you can make a difference? (10 = complete belief, 1 = no belief)

Take Committed Initial Steps Towards It

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu. We have a small window of opportunity for us to lead the change before complacency sets in again. All each of us need do now is take small, initial steps forward with commitment - commitment is a heartfelt promise to ourselves to make something happen.

  • What needs to be released for a new way to appear?
  • Who will support you or who can you collaborate with?
  • What first step can you take that you are willing to commit to in the next two weeks?

As we begin to reimagine and build a new future together, each of us will need to step fully into our personal power to achieve balance where there is chaos, abundance where there is lack, and love where there is fear.

 

Authors: Amanda Knight and Connie Warner. We are part of the tribe of truth-seekers who recognize that this moment in time is pivotal to the future of humanity. We would love to connect with you via your comments to our series of articles, or through our individual LinkedIn profiles.

Connect here with Amanda on LinkedIn.

Connect here with Connie on LinkedIn.

 

Non-judgment of self and others has always been the central message of my work as an Emotional Intelligence thought leader, coach and facilitator. Latterly my work has brought me to the corporate HR arena where I have worked to put dignity and care at the heart of people strategy. This requires a holistic approach to cultural change by aligning transformational leadership competencies, inclusive practices and people development strategies with non-judgmental people systems.

While studying to become a certified professional diversity coach, I mapped out a model for building diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces, by aligning the principles and language of ED&I with my core messaging around equality, non-judgment, dignity, care and ‘the leadership privilege’.

The principle concepts of this model are that:

1. Workplace cultures that deeply value, respect and leverage how people are different, truly reap the benefits of diversity – the sponsor of this aspect is the Executive team;

2. People strategy and systems built on the principle of dignity lead to fairness and equity – the sponsor of this aspect is HR;

3. Teams that care about each other and that respect each member’s uniqueness, build a sense of belonging which leads to inclusion – the sponsor of this aspect is the team’s leader.

My three-sided model – the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion pyramid – provides a visual of how the three aspects need to be happening concurrently.

For example, a workplace will not be truly equitable and inclusive if leaders are developed so that they build inclusive teams, yet they have to work with judgmental performance and talent management processes that ‘rate’ employees or put them in boxes based on bias.

 

 

 

 

 

The Diversity and Equity sides of the three-sided Equity, Diversity & Inclusion pyramid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © Amanda Knight 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inclusion and Diversity sides of the three-sided Equity, Diversity & Inclusion pyramid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © Amanda Knight 2020

 

 

 

To discover how to use this model in your organization, please contact Amanda to find out about her Diversity & Inclusion online program, or to discuss a customized approach designed specifically for the needs of your workplace.