Guarding Against Exclusivity

Teams that want to be more inclusive are careful with their behavior, word choice, and demand for uniformity. Great teams work hard to give new recruits every chance to quickly assimilate into the team dynamic. A great orientation gives newbies a clue into how the inside language and culture works. Great teams are careful to use language that is inviting and inclusive to new people in order to make them feel a part of something that existed before their arrival. They avoid phrases that would communicate an “us versus you” scenario. It’s important to embrace the newness of a new personality without being threatened by the new dynamic new people cause. The faster a team can include a new recruit in the “us,” the better.

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