What will be different for you in 3 months after participating in this book circle experience?
This is the question that I leave most book circle participants with, especially when I don't know when, or if I will see them again in a future book circle.
Three months later, I follow up.
Last Spring, I finished off 4 groups with 2 different books on the topic of unconscious bias.
Earlier this week, I emailed all 4 groups to check in to see if what they had planned for last Spring had, indeed, become a reality.
Here's one response:
👉 The course, our readings and discussions continue to be at the forefront of my daily life as a leader of my team, as a __________ employee but more importantly as a human. I actually have become more introspective in how I approach daily discussions on any topic with my team and colleagues and try to be in their shoes for a brief moment so I can be more empathetic. Since our book circle I have made DEI part of my Objective as a leader with different ways to measure impact and key results, including the Employee Pulse survey and the measurements of psychological safety of my team and their feeling of being included. I have also started having more open conversations with my team members during my one-on-one meetings, asking them about their feelings of inclusivity and what can I/we do to better improve their experience and their feeling of inclusion. The latter has led to very meaningful discussions. Lastly, I have become more mindful during interviews and seek to check any bias that I might be experiencing while trying my best to set those aside and look at our potential talent from the unbiased lens that each candidate deserves.
My work isn't just about ideas -- it's about integration.
Anyone can read a book, but the true learners move from consuming ideas, to connecting the ideas to their values and work, to creating new behaviors and outcomes.
Consume. Connect. Create.
If you want the same for your employees, send me a connection request and message, and we can talk about what I do, how I do it, and what results it can have within your organization.
Originally posted on LinkedIn with comments.
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I am Theresa Destrebecq (I dare you to try to pronounce it...)