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Discussion on: What Makes an Environment Inclusive?

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J Beetz

My feeling is teamwork, inclusion and success work hand in hand. I simply cannot do things as well as some of my coworkers. I also sometimes prefer to share a problem than tackle it alone. This in turn has created a place where coworkers have also come to me with their challenges.

I have also worked with people who chose to not share their challenges. Instead they were 'competing ' with me and others. I've found these people made it hard for themselves.

I think the secret to this is focusing on the challenge together and supporting people where they are at, not expecting them to change. Instead focusing on how to improve by being a good team member.

This approach has worked for me in some very difficult situations. The sharing piece is incredibly important, but the listening piece is critical.

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Kim Arnett  Author

Having a safe environment where you can share and get real with your team members is where it’s at. Competing with one another is just too exhausting.