Chapter 5

Delivering Transformational DEI Training

A few years ago, a colleague and I were facilitating a leadership training and decided to conduct a somewhat risky experiment. We put a line of masking tape on the floor and told participants to read two statements on the projector screen and then move to one side of the line or the other depending on the statement with which they most agreed.

The first slide was coffee versus tea, and they gamely went to their preferred side and playfully argued about the merits of their choices with the folks across the line.

In the second slide, cats versus dogs, the volume in the room rose. People on each side of the line shouted out not only what made their choice good but also what made the other side’s ...

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