In our global work across teams, we’ve learned that the fear of asking about cultural differences – especially the fear of offending – is one of the biggest barriers to becoming more inclusive. Many of us were raised to be “colorblind”: to not notice cultural differences and to treat everyone the same. The result is that we don’t ask or share, which prevents us from learning essential information we need to understand, accept, and adapt to cultural differences.
This fall, Ritu was invited by The Walrus Foundation to share her thoughts at TD Presents The Walrus Talks Resilience in Calgary, Alberta. Onstage, Ritu shared practical insights on how to have conversations about cultural differences, even when it feels uncomfortable. She provided a humorous reality check about our well-intentioned “colorblindness” and specific tips and language we need to have these conversations effectively. Click here to watch Ritu on “The Power to Ask and Share” at The Walrus Talks Resilience.