May 27, 2020

Can an Individualistic Culture Take On a Group Oriented Virus?, with Sara Taylor

Episode 47:

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why the dominant culture in the United States is strongly focused on individualism rather than the group
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging our individualistic society with new requirements sometimes at odds with our natural inclinations
  • Why all of the challenges brought by COVID-19 are group-oriented and require a group-oriented mindset to effectively address
  • Why many are struggling to see any personal connection to the group, resulting in some people protesting the measures we are taking to address the pandemic
  • Why our orientation towards individualism is neither right nor wrong but is culturally ingrained
  • Why viewing the individualistic perspectives of others requires a lack of judgment and an understanding of where these feelings are coming from

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