Society is changing all around us in amazing ways: How are you embracing the change?

Society is changing all around us in amazing ways: How are you embracing the change?

Change is happening to you soon. We are forcing a new blogging-delivery technology on you next week because we think it will help both you and me spread goodness easier. You won’t have a choice. It’s not really fair because, depending on the device you receive this blog on and its software, it could be frustrating. Change is happening all around you now, and in the near whether you like it or not.

Spreading goodness: the facts

Along the journey of spreading goodness, we’ve learned that change is often the trigger for a choice about goodness.  And through research we’ve identified a few things about the cultural context of the goodness by surveying thousands of people on excellence, generosity, fairness and positivity – the four Cornerstones of Goodness. Leaders tell us rewarding excellence is the most present of these concepts in their lives, and spreading positivity is what’s missing most often.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion convenes each year to ignite change.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion convenes each year to ignite change.

But, through coaching and discussion, by far the most explosive and divisive concept is promoting fairness. When we feel excluded, targeted, or isolated we get angry. That’s why I am honest about the chaos we may have thrust upon you with the technology change. And why I’m promoting a special conference I think you should know about that promotes fairness in the workplace. It’s called The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, produced by the University of St. Thomas.

Embracing differences

My sister Heidi Batz Rogers is a masterful programmer around the strategies for promoting fairness: gender, generational, sexual, ethnic and religious diversity are subjects she makes approachable. I’m grateful for her gift, and for the people who deliver the programming who help me understand how I can use my privileged, middle-aged white-male position in society to promote fairness. She created the theatrical, participative component of the Forum. And it’s exceptional.

Heidi Batz Rogers coaches middle-aged white males like me how to embrace the changes in society around us.

Heidi Batz Rogers coaches middle-aged white males like me on how to embrace the changes in society around us.

What I like about this particular conference is the variety of programming, the cultural mosaic of people, and the sincerity of the message. Through music, theatrical performance and dramatic personal testimony, somehow our differences become approachable…curiously approachable instead of threatening.

Embracing change

Unfortunately, we can still find leaders today who don’t believe workplace diversity and inclusion are good ideas. Perhaps it’s because people like me still find it difficult to understand what to say/what not to say and what to do/not to do if you actually want to promote fairness. Because just like forcing our technology change on you, the momentum of societal change is being forced on us. And we have to decide: will we retreat into our old devices or will we learn new skills to embrace the change and use it to spread goodness?

We are never too old, or too powerful to learn how to promote fairness in our lives. It's about spreading goodness.

We are never too old or too powerful to learn how to promote fairness in our lives. It’s about spreading goodness.

Good leaders go out of their way to learn about the changes that are happening around them in society. And they promote fairness as one of the Cornerstones of Goodness because goodness pays.

Please share with me: what changes are you embracing in your leadership?