Panti Bliss (left) and Taoiseach Micheal Martin with new pride stamps celebrating 'Brod', Ireland's Pride movement, outside Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Maxwells Photography/PA Wire
It’s Pride Month and I’m thinking about the ever-evolving nature of purposeful communications. Specifically, about how we describe ourselves and others. And how we feel about it. It’s one thing to talk in general terms about fostering a culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, it’s another thing when a specific situation presents itself.
Last week, for instance, I was talking to a client about a coaching opportunity within their organisation.
“We recently hired a new chief technology officer and I think you’d be a great fit,” the client told me.
“Sounds good,” I responded. “What more can you tell me about him or her?” I asked and then I added, “Wait, I shouldn’t presume either of those. Instead, let me ask you, ‘How do they prefer to be identified?’”
My client laughed a little at that and said back to me, “Oh, yeah, good point. I suppose to be politically correct that is what you should ask.”
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