Working with Polarities

Working with Polarities

It’s been said that the world is divided into people who think they’re right. In what seems to be a time of increasing polarisation, it’s easy and natural to see polarities in oppositional terms – as adversarial. It is therefore increasingly important in these times to see polarities as complementary and interdependent (thanks to Ilene Wasserman –…

Equality and Equity (1)

Equality and Equity

image reference: https://laout.org/community-equity-event/ Working in cultures that value equality (egalitarian countries including the Anglo, Nordic, and Germanic-European cultural clusters), we sometimes find there is resistance or push-back against the idea of treating certain demographic groups differently – surely everyone is fundamentally equal so treating everyone the same is the right thing to do? A participant in…

Acknowledging Inequity

Acknowledging Inequity

“If every executive carries a hammer, it might not occur to them that some jobs need a screwdriver.” This quote from the Economist beautifully encapsulates the kinds of blind spots that permeate organisational cultures, resulting in systemic inequity and exclusion. While the messages in this article are not new —  “the existence of hidden biases shows…