August 7, 2019

Progressing Past Hyperpolarization and Being Culturally Competent, with Sara Taylor

Episode 20:

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:

  • The widespread negative impact of political polarization in people’s business and family lives
  • Extreme trends in polarization and violence that reflect the current reality of our political and cultural spheres
  • What cultural competence is and the five stages of it (and how wine is a great metaphor for this)
  • The “my team vs. your team” mentality that we all need to break out of to foster a better workplace
  • How hyperpolarization turns everyone against each other, including people who share the same ideologies
  • Moving conversations in the workplace forward from polarization using minimization and common ground
  • Fighting the fear that underlies various problems and divisions in people’s personal and professional lives
  • Best practices for addressing hyperpolarization among employees and how to approach specific scenarios with the right perspective

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