272: Shari Foos – How to Embrace Diversity

Everyone has a story to tell, and that story can free you to build relationships that create new opportunities and meaning in life!

Shari Foos is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine.

As a sought-after expert on the subjects of relationships and meaningful connections, Shari’s writing and commentary have appeared in a range of online and print publications. 

In this episode, Shari talks about The Narrative Method and how it’s helping leaders today embrace our differences through sharing our stories. 

Jump right into this powerful interview, and let’s explore how to embrace diversity. 

On this episode:

  • Shari gives her background and how connection is, ultimately, what brings meaning to our lives. 
  • Shari talks about networking and going from a “what you can do for me” mentality to understanding the importance and power of relationships. 
  • What is the Narrative Method? Shari talks about her programs that connect people by sharing their lives’ stories and how this level of vulnerability is impacting leaders today.
  • Shari talks about the power of humor and how it can break negative thought loops that block us from moving forward. Take a bigger perspective of your mistakes and the mistakes of others. 
  • It’s time for things to become more human, open-minded, and more genius than ever before. If we could only embrace our differences, we could see innovation exponentially.
  • There is a cultural shift people are going through to find meaning and purpose in their work. Shari breaks down how you can begin to find your purpose and what happens when you embrace new ideologies and methodologies. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Connection brings meaning to our lives 
  • Networking is tapping into the power of relationships
  • Sharing your story is a way to upgrade and reboot
  • Being authentic is the gateway to building love
  • Everyone has some level of empathy; we can inspire each other
  • Embrace diversity of ideology to dream up a better future

Tweetable Quotes:

“We’ve all been programmed to think that it’s not really safe to be who you are… You’re restricting your ideas and your creativity. Those things do take a risk, and that risk is tied up in your vulnerability, and your vulnerability is tied up in your defenses.” – Shari Foos

“Every time you tie the not on tiny hanging pieces from old stories, there’s a part of you that’s got more clarity, and you have more space to do new things.” – Shari Foos

“I hope that more people embrace diversity… and thinking, not just how we can use the tools that we have, but dreaming about a better future, and creating tools based on those dreams.” – Shari Foos

Connect with Shari on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Start discovering meaningful connections by visiting https://www.thenarrativemethod.org/


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