In the first blog we highlighted the challenge and possible obstacles to expanding the reach of coaching. We got started with learning more by reviewing definitions. Let’s take that learning deeper. Options include classes and self-directed study with reading and watching videos.
A quick search for classes on diversity and inclusion brought up this page on Inc. listing free training: https://www.inc.com/the-muse/9-free-diversity-and-inclusion-online-classes-for-managers.html and also https://www.class-central.com/search?q=diversity+and+inclusion plus a search of books on Amazon netted quite a few at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=diversity+and+inclusion
A search for training in cultural awareness netted resources at http://www.culturosity.com/resource_personaldevelopment.htm plus a free manual at https://www.commisceo-global.com/resources/management-guides Additionally, it brought up several companies offering training including: https://www.communicaid.com/cross-cultural-training/cultural-awareness-training/
A search on Amazon again netted quite a few books at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=cultural+awareness
As with so much that happens in coaching, what I noticed while searching is that it starts with self-awareness. This includes self-awareness of how we present ourselves plus of our own culture, biases, and attitudes. Then we are ready to be curious about others and to learn. This will prepare us to take action and make a difference in the world of coaching.
In the first blog we gave three steps any one coach can take: learn, communicate openness with language and images, and offer sliding scale or pro-bono coaching services. In the next blog we will look at examples of language and images that make a difference.