The Power of An Apology that Leads to Conversation and Understanding
If you saw the news last week, you might have heard Lara Spencer, host on Good Morning America, make some insensitive comments about Prince George taking ballet lessons. The Internet responded and the backlash was quickly apparent.
Many dancers, including Travis Wall, famed two-time Emmy-award winning choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance, took to their social media to relay their feelings about the comments. The hashtag #BoysDanceToo was soon trending.
The outcome: Lara Spencer apologized and then interviewed Travis Wall; Robbie Fairchild (a former principal with the New York City Ballet and Broadway Star, with an upcoming role in the film version of Cats); and Fabrice Calmels (principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago) to open a conversation. It was inspiring and beautiful to hear from these men and how hard it was for them growing up as male dancers.
You all know how important dance is to me and this story really hit home. In fact, the timing was so interesting as in yesterday's podcast I shared about my dance journey (you can listen here) and how it shaped my whole life.
This is such a learning lesson for everyone in business. We are all going to say things and do things, whether intentional or not, that hurt someone else or hurt the business. It is our job to learn from these times and take the opportunity to educate ourselves and make it right.
We are all human. What really gives me joy is that a negative was turned into a positive, a conversation and even a celebration. The dancers, along with hundreds of others performed ballet in the middle of Times Square. What an amazing sight!
The world is full of negativity. We have the power to change the narrative when we can and bring people together.
We all need role models in our lives. We need to be mentors to younger generations and encourage them in all the careers they want to pursue.
Fairchild talked about watching Gene Kelly in the movie Singing in the Rain (one of my favorites) on VHS as a young boy interested in dance and how seeing that male role model made a huge impact in his life.
Be a mentor for someone in your life.
Share your story.
You never know how important you might be to someone waiting for their chance.