Brian McComak

Tactical Friday: Choose to be Inclusive and Take Ownership with Brian McComak

“When you show up as a human, then you create space for the humans that you work with to be humans… If we can create that space, that’s beautiful. And that starts with us.” – Brian McComak

In this episode of Tactical Friday, Brian McComak is back to dig deeper into the ways to welcome authentic dialogue in the organization. He emphasizes the power of leaders to craft an environment conducive to inclusion and allowing the lens of diversity to reflect the essence of humanity.

[00:01 – 04:42] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to knightly.productions!
  • For the first part of my interview with Brian, tune in to last Monday’s episode 

[04:43 – 08:21] Reframing Representation – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

  • Magnifying the four lenses of representation
  • Engaging and developing awareness of varying experiences
  • Owning your biases to show up and be inclusive
  • Creating the space for authentic dialogue

[08:22 – 12:29] Taking Ownership in the Lens You’re Looking At

  • The emotional intelligence required for a deeper understanding
  • Showing humanity as a leader to establish connections

[12:30 – 14:56] Closing Segment

  • Connect with Brian (links below) 
  • Closing words

Key Quotes: 

“So often we think about it [integrating diversity, inclusion, and equity] as an additional thing that we have to do at companies. And it really needs to be part of everything we do.” – Brian McComak

“One of the first things that I suggest if you want to be an inclusive leader is engaging and developing your awareness and understanding of different lived experiences.” – Brian McComak

“It really is about generating dialogue and discussion and helping others rethink, reframe, and consider what does it look like to create spaces where we all feel like we can be ourselves and we can do the best work that we possibly can.” – Brian McComak

Honoring Humanity through Connectedness with Brian McComak

“We can create those spaces that are inclusive and diverse by helping find that shared humanity that opens the doors to the other conversations.” – Brian McComak

In today’s episode, Brian McComak shares the values of bringing diversity inclusion in the organization. He points out that it all comes down to honoring human connection in the workplace by igniting conversations. This allows people to achieve peak performance.

Brian McComak is a diversity and inclusion consultant, speaker, author, and facilitator with over twenty years of experience in D&I, HR, company culture, change management, internal communications, and employee experience. He is the founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, a consulting firm that cultivates and champions inclusive workplace cultures and human-centered leadership. He is also the author of Humanity in the Workplace: A Blueprint for Building an Inclusive and Equitable Company Culture which will be released in 2022.

[00:01 – 04:25] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to knightly.productions!
  • Brian McComak on establishing diversity and inclusion in the organization
  • Developing the skill to connect and engage with curiosity

[04:26 – 13:13] Creating Spaces for Humanity and Connection

  • We do not start from the same starting line
  • Honoring the workplace experience of humans
  • The journey of figuring out one’s identity to offer aunthenticity

[13:14 – 23:36] The Levels of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

  • The psychological security for peak performance
  • Behind numbers lie real humans doing the work
  • Integrating the principle of levity in branding

[23:37 – 27:18] Closing Segment

  • The legacy Brian wants to create – igniting conversations
  • Connect with Brian (links below) 
  • Join us for Tactical Friday!

Key Quotes: 

“The core principle behind equity is that we don’t all start from the same starting line. And that sometimes, we would talk about it as systems of oppression that exist in the world around us that influence how we all show up. And then that influences the biases that we all have. Everyone has biases. And so those realities impact where we start on the starting line.” – Brian McComak

“If we don’t understand the systems of the play, that are preventing some humans from thriving, then we can’t tackle those systems, we can’t pare them down, we can’t create better systems.” – Brian McComak

“It really is about generating dialogue and discussion and helping others rethink, reframe, and consider what does it look like to create spaces where we all feel like we can be ourselves and we can do the best work that we possibly can.” – Brian McComak

Connect with Brian

Check out Hummingbird Humanity: a diverse group of thought leaders, speakers, consultants, and experts in the field of DEI and follow him on LinkedIn.

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Zack sits down with CEO’s and experts to share tactical knowledge of how to become a better leader and create a more effective, safe environment for your team. Zack offers consulting and podcast coaching and runs Knight Protection Services, LLC, a company that helps busy executives build a winning culture through safety and security.

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