How should we be thinking about inclusion?

It is still common in especially larger organizations to hear leaders give lip service to inclusion, which is often the new spin on diversity. The deficiency view frames the conversation as being non-offensive to people of other colors, genders and ages. A step up from that is the frame best described as “giving people unlike you a fair chance.”

At a deeper level, inclusion is including each other in our thinking. This engages the ability to dialogue in the inclusive and collaborative language of both-and instead of the exclusive and divisive language either-or. In both-and, we work together to optimize the upsides of all ideas that emerge and minimize the downsides of them. We also work together on any concerns and questions that emerge. It’s a dialogue of mutual respect that builds mutual trust, which accelerates creativity and belonging.