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Diversity & Inclusion

This world is as diverse as it could get. Aren’t we all unique? Aren’t we all diverse – Differences in socioeconomic status, gender, interests, languages, demography, ethnicity, color? The list goes on.

It is within these lines of diversity that we need to understand that we are still connected to each other at the core, as humans.

As humans, we work towards a common goal or an interest; keeping aside our background, differences, and history to create & share things, to work, and grow together.

Isn’t this worth a celebration? It is through this diversity that we get varied views & perspectives, numerous ideas, and rich culture that enhances the essence of life.

A good leader will be able to amalgamate these diverse factors in a team, understand the strengths & limitations of the group, and cajole them to grow into their best by understanding these differences.

The way I see diversity, it is that we are all diverse in our own way at different points in time, isn’t it? We have different moods, energy levels, beliefs, interests, levels of awareness & growth, etc that suit the situation.

So, if we are ourselves so diverse, it is imperative that we accept the outside world to the way it is! It is but natural for diversity in Nature, right?

So, I believe Diversity starts from within. It is by becoming aware of our various emotions that we become more aware of the world around us. It starts with us. Inclusion is only a byproduct of this awareness of diversity. Inclusion that is forced from external entities such as policies & procedures has little effect on the workings of an organisation than the inclusion that comes from within through our awareness of diversity within us and in others.

Bhavana BP
Bhavana BPhttps://www.letmelisten.in/
I have a decade of corporate experience in various domains right from being a pure technical resource to working as an Emotional Intelligence go-to person with everything else in between. Life happens! And I accept that when it does, we must have an open mind and heart to receive and head on the path shown to us. This has enabled me to learn, adapt, and grow at a greater speed and also take people on a similar growth path along with me. This has also allowed me to fully understand my multiple interests & the potential I carry especially in interpersonal relations such as effective listening, empathy, negotiation, and liaising in most places. I believe people matter and only people matter! I love interacting with people. I provide and derive energy from a group - my tribe. With ample learnings life has provided me with, through various experiences at different stages, I have been able to dive deep & understand myself better. This journey of my life has made me stronger in all possible ways. I believe learning is a never-ending process - We must unlearn, learn, and relearn continually. This understanding has made my coaching enriching and effective in empowering people to grow into their best! My purpose - My 3 I's - Inspire, Influence, and Impact. As someone who believes communication is one of the biggest game-changers especially in the digital space, I am into personal branding, content creation, an active learner in the space of podcasts, video making, and social media marketing. I am the author of my Memoir titled 'A Daughter's First Love: Dad' which is available globally in paperback & e-book format. And as an author, I help others find their voice through books. What keeps me going in my journey is my optimism and resilience. As I see it, it is all energy and we are all connected. Come, let us explore how we can grow together.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Bhavana, as with so many things it does start from within. Bravo for talking about it in this eloquent piece of writing. If we aren’t able to recognize and acknowledge our individual diversity, emotions, and full spectrum of being, then I believe it is more challenging to be accepting of it outside of ourselves.

    Technology offers us this global network of being able to communicate and interact on such grand levels, yet it can also divide us. Again, it starts from within. What ethics do we uphold? How strong is our moral compass? Are we compassionate, understanding, or do we go against the grain in a negative way? You’ve opened the door for great discussion, and I thank you for do so.

  2. HI Bhavana,
    Great pertinent burning issue of todays time. Because technology has broken down geographical boundaries and we all all connecting on a whole different level golbally, Inclusion today has become about: cultural and environmental feeling of belonging, being appreciated for our unique characteristics, tolerating and comfort in sharing ideas, and staying our authentic selves. And more than anything else ( workplace or personal relationships), we require respectfulness, being valued for our strengths( not weaknesses), and being acknowledged with delicate understanding.

  3. Hi Bhavna,

    Thank you for this insightful share.
    And I will go straight to the point that we all are connected with each others, always.
    Thank you for that. Although not all humanity experience that connection.
    I really liked the part of inclusion and that diversity starts from within.

  4. Dear Bhavana,

    This is a most enlightening and inspiring article. Inclusion certainly does come from within. Indeed, policies and procedures that are enforced by external entities borders on the robotic. We are are all human, all unique. I believe we are all fortunate on platforms such as Bizcatalyst360 (and Linkedin) in that we are all from the same human family. Empathetic, open minded, like-minded and supportive. We are kind to each other.

    Thank you so much, Bhavana.

    Simon
    Championing Positivity, Empathy and Kindness

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