Difficult Dialogues

In the work to create inclusive and equitable organisations, those of us privileged by society have to start with ourselves. Addressing how we have been conditioned to see and understand the world and the people in it is a critical step in the work on ourselves and on our leadership practices. It is not simply a step, or even a journey to which there is a final destination. It is a process that we have to learn, adopt, and maintain in our day-to-day lives.

If you are an HR Manager, introducing a programme of ‘Difficult Dialogues’ with C-Suite executives and leadership teams will work to embed fundamental change into your organisation. Difficult Dialogues can be held with individuals, but also with groups to develop a collective approach to disrupting organsiational privilege, establishing psychologically safe work places, and creating inclusive and equitable organisations.

For leaders and/or managers in an organisation, over a series of informal but confidential conversations, we can contextualise what you think, develop your critical consciousness, and start a process of exploration into your worldview and how it might be conditioned to be prejudicial. I am not a psychologist or psychotherapist. I am not offering counselling or therapy. I use robust social research methodologies to explore these issues with you and develop a process of dialogue between yourself and your worldview that, whilst difficult, is ultimately a benficial process of learning and personal development that will improve your leadership, your management, and your life outside of work as well.

Equally, if you want to have honest, confidential conversations with someone about any issues, thoughts, concerns, ideas, etc, that you have about equality, diversity, inclusion, and cultural dynamics, well, let’s talk. As much as I am not a counsellor, I am also not a ‘coach’ or a ‘mentor’ in the traditional sense. I’m more of a ‘foil’ or a sounding board. I won’t necessarily tell you what you want to hear but I will challenge you to think differently and be a better leader.

To find out more contact me at matt@wideopenvoices.com