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INCOGNITO the podcast

11 EpisodesProduced by Michael FosbergWebsite

Incognito the podcast is an exploration of inclusion, leadership and authenticity. Hosted by author, activist, and thought-leader Michael Fosberg, Incognito seeks to forge connections and uncover commonalities through meaningful conversations about identity. In individual reflections and candid disc… read more


Ep 9: When Obstacles Become Opportunities | Quinton Alston-Spratt

Our next guest on INCOGNITO the podcast is Quinton Alston-Spratt! Quinton is Head of Advisor Practice Management at Franklin Templeton, as well as a Diversity & Inclusion leader within the company working to bring employees together. Quinton’s process focused approach helps people have better conversations and thus, better relationships. Michael and Quinton discuss his growth in the financial services sector, the challenges of stereotype threat, the importance of multiplying your impact, and much more.

Suggested tools:

-When your purpose becomes bigger than you, obstacles can become opportunities

-Be aware of moments of mistrust or conflict and address them upfront

-Don’t take things personally - it’s not about you, it’s about the other person’s perceptions

-Asking questions allows you to be in control while making the person on the other end feel like they are in control; show people how much you know through the quality of your questions

-Questions also drive intimacy and bring people along with you rather than them feeling pushed along

-Building relationships starts with being intentional and approaching with purpose

-Start by figuring out your “why”: once you know your “why” for what you are doing, look for people who align with that

-Create safety: remove titles & remove judgment (of yourself, other people, and your thoughts)

-Acknowledgements are key to creating space for questions - show people that you heard them and that you are seeking understanding

-Authenticity stems from self-acceptance; opportunity lies on the other side of your comfort zone

Quinton’s Book Recommendation:

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

Editing and co-production of this podcast by Farrah Sklar.

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