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  • Writer's pictureFarah Rani

O For Openness: Embracing Diversity and Growth

In a world that thrives on diversity, openness is the key to unlocking new possibilities and fostering growth. Whether it's in our personal lives or within the framework of a team, being open to different cultures, approaches, and perspectives can lead to profound transformations. At Cultural Impact, we embrace the power of openness, not only to different cultures and approaches but also to feedback, change, and new ideas.

At the heart of openness lies the willingness to grow and learn. This is especially crucial when we talk about Team Psychological Safety (TPS). TPS emphasises the importance of creating an environment where team members feel safe to take risks, be vulnerable, and express their thoughts and ideas without fear of judgement or reprisal. 

However, cultivating this openness is not always easy. It requires effort, practice, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. By actively seeking out new experiences, engaging with diverse perspectives, and challenging our own assumptions, we can expand our capacity for openness and deepen our understanding of the world around us.

Exchange Theatre, our immersive approach to addressing critical issues, exemplifies the transformative power of openness. During a recent Petronas show, a manager expressed concern about sending female colleagues to the Middle East due to perceived danger. However, his female colleagues responded with, "Thank you for your concern, but why don’t you ask us first?" This simple act of opening the conversation opened his mind to new possibilities and challenged his assumptions. 

To truly hear different views, it's essential to approach conversations with openness and compassion. By providing a framework, such as the one offered by Team Psychological Safety, we can create a space where people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas without fear of judgement. This framework gives us the vocabulary and structure to navigate difficult conversations and foster a culture of openness and inclusivity.

In the end, being open is not just about receiving; it's also about sharing. By opening up our minds and hearts to others, we create a space where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to be their authentic selves. So, let's open up to new possibilities, new experiences, and new ways of thinking. Together, we can create a world that is richer, more vibrant, and more inclusive for all.

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