Navigating the Diverse
More than ever, the tribal workplace is a diverse collection of individuals. Today’s tribal workplace is made up of Indians and non-Indians, tribal members and non-members, young people and elders, and men and women with all kinds of diverse backgrounds. Is your tribe leveraging diversity to its advantage, or is diversity sometimes a source of tension? When workplace leaders are able to help diverse individuals work as a team, the results are a strong, efficient and productive work unit with high morale. This important session uses fun and insightful activities to raise awareness about assumptions you may not even be aware you held, and to help make sure you’re able to interact effectively with people of any background. You’ll explore how your own perceptions have been shaped by your surroundings and explore the way others may see you. And you’ll leave with strategies for identifying when conflict with coworkers may actually be easily solved simply by learning how to recognize and respect cultural, gender, or other differences.
We’ll explore some of the issues that are common in diverse tribal workplaces, such as the need to understand Indian Preference, how differences in cultural norms for body language and speech patterns can lead to misunderstandings, and how individuals of different ages, ethnicities, or genders may interpret and respond to situations differently. You’ll take a self-assessment that helps you identify your system of values, examine the values others may have, and explore where those values may have come from. This class is one that will help you on the job, but it’s also likely to change your whole perspective--inside and outside of work.
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