Published June 17, 2020

Ep 075: Leadership & the Race Conversation Part 1, David Livermore Ph.D. & Dr. David Anderson

TOPICS IN THIS PODCAST

DiversityLeading Others
Our nation is stirred by ongoing racial injustice. At the Global Leadership Network, we know the challenges of discrimination and racial injustice are universal issues requiring leaders to step up and engage. Research shows that increasing diversity on teams in every sector improves productivity, moral and adds value within organizations and to those they serve.
This episode is a re-release of a candid conversation between Dr. David Anderson and David Livermore Ph.D. on racial and cultural intelligence. In this conversation, Anderson and Livermore model the challenges inherent in a multicultural dialogue, encouraging teams to ask uncomfortable questions, listen well and wrestle with the implications of difference.

Show Notes

SUMMARY:

Our nation is stirred by ongoing racial injustice. At the Global Leadership Network, we know the challenges of discrimination and racial injustice are universal issues requiring leaders to step up and engage. Research shows that increasing diversity on teams in every sector improves productivity, moral and adds value within organizations and to those they serve.
This episode is a re-release of a candid conversation between Dr. David Anderson and David Livermore Ph.D. on racial and cultural intelligence. In this conversation, Anderson and Livermore model the challenges inherent in a multicultural dialogue, encouraging teams to ask uncomfortable questions, listen well and wrestle with the implications of difference.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the ability to relate and work effectively with people who come from other backgrounds.
  • When CQ levels are high, diverse teams outperformed homogenous teams 3:1 across the board—in productivity, employee engagement, cost savings and innovation.
  • A culturally-intelligent team needs a culturally-intelligent leader.
  • Cultural differences become intensified in moments of stress.
  • Leaders need to create a safe environment where authentic conversations can happen.
  • Culturally-diverse teams must practice reciprocal grace and not immediately rush to judgment.
  • What builds trust for one culture might not build trust for another.
  • When building diverse teams, instead of following the Golden Rule (i.e. Treat others as you want to be treated), leaders should practice the Platinum Rule (i.e. Treat others as they want to be treated).
  • People from the dominant culture have more responsibility to move toward diversity than those from non-dominant cultures.
  • Code-switching is when a person changes the way they speak or act in order to gain respect from those from a different culture.
  • In order to engage in meaningful and authentic relationships, leaders must find the zone of “productive disequilibrium.”
  • If people are never made to feel uncomfortable, it is unlikely their organizations will ever tap the benefits of diversity that can lead to innovation.

 

 

 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. In the podcast, Livermore and Anderson engaged in an authentic conversation around their cultural differences. How did you feel when that conversation began? How does your reaction illuminate the challenges of conversations about difference?
  2. Livermore says that leaders must create a safe environment to facilitate candid cultural dialogue. What specific things did Livermore and Anderson do in this podcast to create a safe environment that allowed for an authentic dialogue?
  3. Based on what you heard, what is one cultural intelligence practice you can try this week?

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Monocultural Environment

Cultural Values Profile

Black Lives Matter

The Golden Rule

The Platinum Rule

Code Switching

RELATED LINKS:

David Livermore, Ph.D.

Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity

Cultural Intelligence Center

Dr. David Anderson

Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson

Gracism: The Art of Inclusion

Bridgeway Community Church

The Global Leadership Summit

 

 

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