On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with leadership scholar Todd L. Pittinsky, author of Us Plus Them: Tapping The Positive Power of Difference. Todd looks at the power of positive interdependence and “how people working across group lines create stronger outcomes, products, and learning than when working against group lines.”
He explains that in his research, “we found four hundred measures of racism and negative sentiments towards others, and we couldn’t find a single term to describe positive difference and positive orientation towards difference. The closest we come is tolerance, but being tolerated is not quite the same thing as being appreciated.” In writing about the positive orientation towards someone from another group., he described the sentiment as ‘Allophilia’, ‘Allo’ deriving from Greek, meaning ‘other’.
Listen to the entire interview here: