I woke up this morning with the phrase “be deliberately and consciously inclusive.” No idea why, or in what context the words came to me, but I decided to sit with the phrase while I made my morning caffeine (caramel latte).
Being deliberately and consciously inclusive means actively and intentionally creating a culture and environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. It involves recognizing and embracing diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical ability. This type of inclusivity requires more than just tolerance or acceptance; it demands active engagement and participation.
To be deliberately and consciously inclusive, individuals and organizations must commit to ongoing education and self-reflection. This involves learning about different cultures, histories, and perspectives, and seeking out opportunities to engage with people who have different backgrounds and experiences. It also involves examining one’s own biases and assumptions and challenging them in order to become a more empathetic and understanding person.
Inclusivity requires intentional actions, such as actively seeking out diverse perspectives in decision-making processes, creating policies and practices that promote equity and fairness, and fostering an environment where everyone feels safe to share their thoughts and ideas. It also involves being open to feedback and continually striving to improve.
Being deliberately and consciously inclusive is not only the right thing to do, it also leads to greater creativity, innovation, and productivity. When everyone feels valued and included, they are more likely to contribute their unique skills and perspectives, leading to more robust and successful outcomes.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.