Thu, Dec 07|
A White Affinity Group Series: "Unlearning Individual Competitiveness & Action Bias In Leadership"
The sessions are companions, not prerequisites for each other. If purchased together, please use promo code BUNDLE to receive $10 off.
Time & Location
Dec 07, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
About the event
“We’re trained from a very early age not just to be independent, but to be better.”
— Michele Gelfand, Professor of Cross-Cultural Management & Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
“I find that White groups tend to use action as a bandaid to avoid sitting with the pain of what has happened.” – Jim Bear Jacobs, Co-Director for Racial Justice, MN Council of Churches
We’ve all felt them: the urge to DO something about a situation and the need not to share our methods - from family recipes to successful work strategies. These come from White cultural norms that operate on a subconscious level. We feel them before we think about them. And in leadership positions, there’s also external pressure to act fast and be the best. Yet, neither of these ways of being helps us build a new, antiracist culture. Beyond learning the skills of collaboration and reflection, we must unlearn what holds us back.
In this introductory workshop we will move our head-learning about Individual competitiveness and action bias into embodied learning so that we can operationalize the things we’ve intellectualized. We will investigate alternate cultural ways of being that are common in Black, Indigenous and racialized cultures. Join us as we expand our cultural understandings, and come away with increased stamina for holding difficult emotions, tools to move us out of our stuckness, and a keener sense of which cultural trait is most beneficial to enact in the moment. Note: the White Affinity: Letting go of Urgency and Individualism in Leadership seminar is a companion workshop to this one, not prerequisite!