I’m going to recommend something I haven’t before – even if you attended live, I recommend that you watch the replay of this month’s Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership – Improving Access to Resources and Opportunity. The replay, as usual, is posted in our C3 Community on LinkedIn, so if you’re not there, request membership today.
About 20 minutes into the event, and 15 major insights later, I realized what an opportunity it was to be able to listen with greater presence to what was shared. Some points were just begging to be reinforced with another listen, while other major insights were so surrounded by other major insights that I missed them during the live event.
C3 members and this month’s panelists, Dominique “D” Ross, Personal and Professional Development champion and Sharon Clinton, Deputy Executive Director and change-maker for the City of Philadelphia, shared critical perspectives on how to improve access to resources and opportunity whether you are a leader in charge of assessing and executing greater access for your teams and communities or whether you are an individual with access challenges and obstacles of your own.
Here is what we discussed:
- Why is a change is necessary for today’s time?
- What is the distinction between equality and equity?
- What are the three major components to improving your own access to opportunity?
- If you don’t have a mentor, where can you find one?
- What is the danger of adults projecting their baggage (limits) onto youth?
- What’s wrong with conventional ideas about providing equity today?
- Do you give people something additional to overcome the barriers, or do you remove the barriers?
- What does it take to understand the meaning of access to opportunity?
- How does the Horatio Alger DEI exercise teach people about equity and privilege?
- How do we gain an understanding of how far an individual has to go to achieve equitable opportunity and at what time?
- How can you determine how to maximize ROI on the investment in providing equitable opportunity?
- How can you manage the multitude of valid experiences and do something productive with the collective brain dump of ideas while still giving people an equitable contribution?
- How do you decide what kind of effort are you trying to make and what will be sustainable based on capacity?
- How do you bucket the ideas and what model is best to evaluate the ideas?
- What is the best tool to assess your teams to provide equitable opportunity?
- What is the best mindset when you face challenges and obstacles in elevating your own access to opportunity?
- What are the personal and systemic challenges our panelists had to overcome to achieve their level of career achievement?
- How can you synthesize the plethora of advice you may receive in your quest to elevate our opportunity?
- How can you use what you know about yourself to overcome challenges that pose a threat to your success?
- In the midst of all of the moving pieces necessary to create a more equitable world, where do you start?
- After starting, what was the next step our panelists gave themselves permission to take?
- When you have to pivot and start from scratch, you may be losing, but what are you gaining?
- How can you get to a point of mastery in elevating your own opportunity?
I’m going to go ahead and answer that last one without you having to watch the replay, though I still encourage you to: Gain mastery by using the C3 Community as a place to practice! Take your ideas, find a co-creator in the group, and take Sharon’s advice and get STARTED! How’s today?