Introduction

So, where are we heading in this lesson?

This lesson introduces and provides an overview of the keys aspects of the theme working inclusively: role modelling and advocating the value of including others and embracing difference; exploring and interpreting a diverse range of perspectives and views; building collaborative relationships across organisation boundaries, cultures and other disciplines; facilitating connections and joint-working across teams, disciplines and functions; proactively sharing knowledge, experience and expertise to co-create solutions across boundaries; coaching and enabling others to resolve conflict, and build trust within teams and functions.

We'll illustrate each of the seven key aspects with scenarios throughout all lessons in the course which our topic expert practitioner will provide insights on. This first lesson focuses on how and why inclusion will benefit any business and organisation.

To create a foundation for the following lessons in the course, we’ll get you to reflect on what working inclusively currently means to you in your context. We’ll also encourage you to think about the characteristics or behaviours of people you have worked with who have role modelled how to work inclusively.

We also introduce the reflective community forums for the course which we encourage you to take part in. These discussions provide the collaborative spaces for you to share your thinking and ideas in, which will be valuable for others. The forums also enable you to gain wider understanding on the theme from people professionals working in different contexts.

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