Cultural Intelligence is the “real thing”

I was delighted to have led a Leading with Cultural Intelligence workshop, very recently, with an engaged and passionate group of people.As I explained to them, we all do a lot of work around trying to highlight the benefits of working in an inclusive way, but there do not seem to be any processes, steps, toolkits for people to practically use to get them there… except… Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

This piece of feedback, publicly posted on LinkedIn, was from someone who works in the D&I space. To have someone like that so effervescent in her praise has really helped me focus my mind on helping everyone working in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to realise that looking within, is crucial to being able to look and work outward, with a strong emphasis on taking clearly defined action.

I went to a cultural intelligence workshop lead by the wonderful Marsha Ramroop and I was blown away.

I don’t know if I was just lucky, but man, I had such a great group of people to learn from and to work alongside, people I have never met before but who made every inch of the session a great learning experience.

The course is specifically crafted for you to learn about who you are, which cultures you closely align with for particular values (especially work) and most importantly it gives you the tools so you can navigate yourself successfully in environments that are slightly less comfortable for you.

We all have situations like that, life is not always comfortable.

I count myself as quite lucky, I usually find my place or my tribe in most situations but the few times I have struggled or felt uncomfortable I genuinely have had very little idea of how to positively respond in these situations.

Cultural intelligence aka CQ is a real thing and if like me you are really serious about diversity, inclusion and equality you might find that you really need to do the self work before moving forward.

I wish I had done this course years ago.

-Selicia Richards-Turney, Vice Media, Inclusion Advocate

I wish I had done the CQ course years ago, too… thankfully, we’re here now, and together, helping others see the practical step-by-step way to implement strategies to improve on each step we can create a more inclusive world today.