Creating Equitable and Diverse Workplace Cultures in Practice

September 21, 2023
Hosted by Monique Daigneault

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As many of us have experienced, when topics such as microaggressions and racism come up people get uncomfortable, often getting defensive or withdrawing completely. If we want workplaces that are truly equitable and diverse, that address the structures and attitudes that contribute to so many voices not being heard, we have to be able to talk openly about these topics in ways that everyone can stay present to the discussion. Non Violent Communication (NVC) offers us a transformative way of thinking about the world and connecting with other people, that moves us away from dichotomous, moralistic thinking. It helps us gain clarity on what actions are serving life - making this world one that works for all - and which actions are too costly in their impact. We can differentiate the action from the actor. We can work to change painful strategies to more life-serving ones without denying anyone’s humanity. In her book, How to Have Antiracist Conversations: Embracing Our Full Humanity to Challenge White Supremacy, Roxy offers the Authentic Dialogue Framework that helps people to have precisely these kinds of conversations. Utilizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community vision and the tools and approach of Nonviolent Communication, people in the workplace will be empowered to create change and equity through fierce yet compassionate dialogue against racism and other forms of systemic oppression. With this approach people will learn how to notice the underlying needs and values that motivate all human actions and how those values can open up pathways to transformation. They will also learn how to engage in antiracist conversations whether they are the Actor (the person who says or does something racist), the Receiver (the target of racism), or the Bystander. Implicit biases begin forming before we have language and are deeply rooted in the subconscious. By combining neuroscience, introspection, and self-compassion, one can disrupt unconscious patterns. The accompanying handbook, The Antiracist Heart, co-written with Sarah Peyton, applies neuroscience exercises, questionnaires, and journaling prompts based on the main book to support just this kind of disruption. Workplaces, and their leadership, that have received the training and support to have a common way to talk together and address such topics based on their broadened awareness will then have a better chance of hearing from everyone and understanding dynamics that stand in the way of all members of the team contributing to their highest potential thus moving the overall aim of the organization forward.

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Challenges in the workplace and within teams is only increasing as companies struggle to transition to a post-COVID 19 remote work situation. These unstable times have stretched companies and their leaders beyond their capacity, and they do not know how to maintain a balance of authority, empathy, compassion, and assertiveness toward their coworkers, much less continue their own career trajectory. Leading with Intention offers support, encouragement, and tools to help corporate leaders address their personal shortcomings and emerge from these unprecedented times as well-rounded, self-assured leaders. The show focuses on execution - helping leaders learn how to improve soft skills, leadership competencies, and work-life balance. Most importantly, how to ensure that their organization is in alignment from the top down, including leaders and their direct reports.

Monique Daigneault

Monique Daigneault is the President and CEO of MD Consulting. She has been a trained executive coach since 2003 and, as an Accredited Master Coach, has logged over 3,000 coaching hours with corporate executives on six continents, in over 15 industries. Monique helps clients set goals, pinpoint the root cause of business problems, explore solutions, address workplace dysfunction, and implement sustainable and measurable changes. She helps clients unpack how their conscious and unconscious behavior impacts their leadership abilities. The outcome of her process gives them more acute insights about their workplace relationships and the ability to drive bigger change throughout the organization. By engaging in her proprietary process, Monique’s clients also build business agility, resilience, and influence. Monique is a survivor of childhood trauma, workplace micro-trauma, and has Complex PTSD. Despite that she has achieved seven business certifications, an Associate and Bachelor of Science in Management, and a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is a contributing author of two self-published books, as well as the author of her newest leadership book which she is currently pitching to publishers. Monique has leveraged her traumatic past and made it her mission to shift behavior in the workplace and empower leaders to be more impactful and influential.

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