P&M 38: Diversity, LGBT and Leaving Room For Edits with Jessica Pettitt

In this episode of People and Management, I chat with Jessica Pettit about conversations and how organisations can be more inclusive of diversity. In my work with leaders and managers I often hear, “I don’t care if the person is LGBorT, I just want them to do a good job.” Jessica and I unpack this and give tips for a more inclusive approach.

I first saw and met Jessica when she gave a speech at a convention and the line in her speech that reached the hearts and minds of everyone in the room was “leave room for edits”. This was such a great message! When we have judgments about others, instead of pushing them aside, be aware of them and seek out the information that will eliminate any incorrect judgment. Like a draft document, see your assumptions and judgments as typed with triple line spacing and extra wide margins so you can edit through ever increasing self-awareness.

I often say to my clients, you don’t have to have all the answers, just have a great question and listen. Jessica’s tips align with this but she starts with an excellent suggested perspective:

  1. Assume you’re not doing it well
  2. Stop talking and listen
  3. Gather feedback and make use of the feedback

“You can’t outsource Self-Awareness”, this is so true and applies to everyone no matter if you’re dealing with difficult employees, diversity, LGBT, stakeholders, customers…

About Jessica Pettitt

13579925_10106430628775281_1814355957_oAudiences are inspired to stand up and take action as Jessica Pettitt leads them down the path to understanding they are good enough to make the changes they seek. Challenging long held assumptions about the type of people who drive change and are successful, Jessica eradicates excuses and provides strategies to communicate openly and actively seek success.

Let’s roll up our sleeves, make space for real talk, develop reality based plans, for actual change.

Humor is a great equalizer and is often the quickest way to diffuse conflict and move toward real connection. With a background in stand up comedy, Jessica Pettitt, frames even difficult subjects in an engaging and welcoming way. Participants walk away focused and confident in their role to make change now.

By moving the discussion away from daily squabbles or task oriented challenges, to a larger vision of what is possible and how best to engage people of diverse experiences, Jessica provides the context to evaluate the situation now and move forward successfully to what could be.

For more than a decade, Jessica has been educating college and university staff members to support and guide diverse students to success. Her social justice and diversity curricula are used throughout the USA. This background uniquely qualifies her to educate employers on building welcoming, productive, and innovative teams. The ability to communicate, listen, learn, take responsibility, acquire and retain talent and resources will lead to and maintain a welcoming, and dare we say, fun workplace environment. This has a direct impact on your bottom line NOW.

Jessica’s Good Enough Now website is here.

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