Week 11 – Lessons in Leadership – Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap

During their presentation, Pat and Jim discussed bringing back civility into politics and working with individuals from different backgrounds, political parties, and perspectives. What practices can you engage in to ensure you are able to work with diverse beliefs and experiences, finding common ground and viable solutions to community challenges and opportunities?


  • Ainsley Bain

    Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap were very engaging, including the audience and communicating clearly. This strategy they used strengthens what was stated about bringing back civility into politics. They began by stating that Oklahoma is drastically changing, and I would have to agree with that statement, even in the past five years there have been many things that have happened that have shown growth and a shift in the perspective that Oklahoman’s have (whether that is a good or bad thing is up to whoever is looking at it). Specifically, criminal justice reform and marijuana were discussed, and each of those are perfect examples of the major shift in the perspective of Oklahomans. One practice that the next generation of leaders can employ to work with diverse people would be to simply listen and be open to the thoughts and ideas of other people. We as humans can often struggle with communication, but I think the most important part of communication is listening. We can also be more encouraging, by this I mean we could not only listen to others’ ideas, but help them explore those ideas or reach their goals. If we as a society could become more empathetic and encouraging, I’m sure that it would improve our society as a whole. I like that Pat and Jim are using their connections and experience to do just that, they are out there working for other people’s ideas and aspirations. One thing that was stated that really stuck out to me was, “we aren’t here to agree on everything, we are here to make Oklahoma better,” and that is one thing that I could agree with more. We can listen, be empathetic, and encourage, without necessarily agreeing with the person. The objective is to be the best that we can be and to work towards making our world a better place.

  • Brianna Jennings

    To ensure we are able to work with diverse beliefs and find common ground within our communities, the best practices we can engage in are being active in the communities we serve as well as being a respectful person. Firstly, being an engaged and active member in the community you serve will give you a more realistic view on how your community operates. By understanding how it operates, you will be better equipped and knowledgeable on how to fix the problems within said community. With having that true understanding of the community and its people, it is much easier to earn respect from the people you serve. With that, one of the most important practices to do is respecting the diverse people and ideas you are wanting to lead. By respecting their ideas, you may gain a greater knowledge on the subject you’re dealing with and you may gain a greater respect from the people. Both of these practices will set you up for success in working with diverse beliefs, in finding common ground, and in overcoming obstacles.

  • Mide Cassaday

    Pat and Jim were very engaging with everyone and open about the fact that they have different views. They made a fantastic pair despite the fact that they didn’t share the same political views! They recognize each other as individuals , not as pons on opposite teams. I talked to them after their presentation and I expressed how refreshing it was to see two PEOPLE instead of opponents. They were a perfect example of civility. They are together because they ultimately want the best for the people of this country, they just have different opinions on how that can be accomplished. It is the same way in everyday life. When working in a group, you usually all have different means to the same end result. That isn’t a bad thing, it’s just different. The best way to work together instead of argue about who’s “right” and “wrong”, come to compromises!

  • Seth Harriet

    I think that Pat and Jim gave a great discussion and gave me hope that both left and right can get along very well. Like they said when they met each other they thought that the other was the spawn of satan, now they are partners of a company. I think this will reflect really well when discussing the question at hand. The fact that they didn’t like each other at first is my opinion of why people of different cultures, political views and backgrounds don’t get along. I think the answer is pretty simple, if you actually listen to what the other has to say than chances are you are not talking to the terrible person people have projected them to be. I think this is what Pat and Jim project to people with politics, but the concept Is universal. Overall, the talk was a great way to get a perspective on communication between different people.

  • Savannah Hughbanks

    Civility seems to be disappearing from modern day politics. As leaders, it is our jobs to bring that civility back into the picture. One way to do that is by simply listening to what other’s say. Often time’s people hear to respond. They do not listen. By opening our ears and actually listening to other people, we get a better understanding of their views. This leads to another example of being open to other perspectives. It is important to be able to see where other people are coming from and why they think or act the way they do.Respecting those around you may also change the way they view you as well, which may help with civility. You must be kind and courteous as well, and think about your responses before you say them. You will not get along with everyone, and they might not respect you or your views, but leaders have to be the bigger person. These things will help overcome obstacles and challenges.

  • Yaritza Romero

    I really enjoyed having Pat and Jim as our speakers, I have never really been †he person that likes anything political but our two speakers had us engaged and pointed out some very important stuff as well. The first step to ensure that we will be able work with diverse beliefs and experiences, finding common ground and viable solutions to community challenges and opportunities will have to be to be involved in one’s community and be open to new ideas. Another step would be building relationships and trust with people that have the same goal as you no matter the difference in background. If we want to work towards a common goal and achieve it, a difference in culture shouldn’t get in the way of that. With that being said, it would be great if we had our minds open to new ideas and how to get about to achieving †he common goal we have. And like Pat and Jim said, if you don’t vote don’t “complain,” using a different word obviously.

  • Emma Lammers

    There are so many beliefs on so many different topics in this world and it is a leaders job to ensure everyone is satisfied as much as possible. One way we can ensure this is simply by listening. Just listen to what people have to say even if it is against your own policies.
    Another way we can ensure common ground as leaders is to communicate. Listening is a great way to start, but if you don’t act on those people’s words then that common ground is destroyed. By listening and actually responding, whether that be one on one or on to a group, the sender who is now the receiver has more trust in you.

  • Callie Hambrick

    One way we can be engaged and ensure that we can work with diverse beliefs and experiences is to be focused on the goal. We may not always agree with others, and that is okay. If we can all remember what we are working towards, our common goal, then we can get past the things that may or may not generate conflict. That being said, we also need to have an open mind. Close-mindedness does not bode well for this world, because things are always changing. We have to be willing to listen and try to understand in order to work well with diversity, find that common ground, and overcome obstacles.

  • Emme Douglas

    We are exposed to many different ethnics, backgrounds, and beliefs. It is hard to get out of your shell, but there is a whole world that you can learn from and be involved in. The easiest way to engage these people or communities is to be open to doing a variety of things in your community. Be the person who is actively seeking to learn and help. To find common ground, being open minded and empathetic is very important. People have many backgrounds and beliefs, so this means that we will all make different conclusions. Understanding we are all different and being patient is key. Lastly, have good communication skills. Being open minded, involved, constantly learning, empathetic, and patient can help you successfully work with other people of different backgrounds and beliefs. These characteristics will also help with finding common ground and solutions with new people.

  • Ashton K Joyner

    Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap provided a thought provoking presentation that was engaging and very informational. They presented current political topics and issues in a way that was easy to understand for everyone. I think one of the best ways to broaden your perspective is to physically leave your current bubble of life and dive into someone else’s. By this I mean to travel to somewhere different than where you are currently placed. A common theme I have heard throughout my life is that you cannot grow where you are comfortable. This is because you are not being challenged. Traveling far away from what you are used to, adjusting to a different culture and environment, and meeting people who have different beliefs and background different from your own leave you no choice except growth as a person and as a leader. It is important as a leader to not rely solely on your own mindset to guide you, but to take in the opinions and perspectives from others as well. You should do this because, chances are, your decisions will affect more than just yourself. By diversifying yourself through experiencing other cultures and meeting a variance of people, there is a high probability that problems you may be facing have already been solved by others. Seeking out solutions and advice from others is beneficial for your current situation and essential in your growth as a leader.

  • Zachary Nemecek

    To allow yourself to work with people with opinions and experiences that counter your own, I believe you must be respectful and be able to come to the understanding that you are not always right. Many times people will listen to others opinions and will immediately be thinking of how to come back at them. If we were more open to others thoughts and understood that maybe our solution was not always the best then you could come to a common solution with them. Along with that, there must be a level of respect to what the other person brings to the table. Immediately shrugging off others ideas and thoughts will only distance yourself with them and not allow you to work together. There is no one answer to solve a community’s problems a majority of the time. We must allow ourselves to come up with practical answers if we wish to actually solve them. America should not be split into two different sides based off of political standings, rather come together because we all want to see this country succeed.

  • Madison Baugh

    It was so awesome to attend Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap’s presentation on Tuesday. They really complement each other because they come from two different sides of the political spectrum. I think the difference in political parties gives Pat and Jim an edge as lobbyists. Pat and Jim must navigate a variety of different beliefs as lobbyists. Respect is a practice we should all engage in when working with those who have differing opinions. Just to work together, I am sure that Pat and Jim have to be effective communicators and make compromises in order to make sure all opinions are heard and valued. Approaching different beliefs and political parties with respect is the first step to understanding.

  • Saul Perez

    Ways that I can ensure that I am engaging with a diverse group of people is by putting yourself outside of your comfort zone, its human nature to gravitate towards situations that we are comfortable in, by going outside of our comfort zone we are more likely to meet people with different perspectives and ideologies then the ones we are used to. keeping an open mind when discussing with other with different ideologies and think from their perspectives, it is apart of our human rights to be entitled to think whatever we want this is a trait of a true leader being calm and collected even when others have an opposing option, but these options can provide a new set of ideas that you might’ve not have thought about before, this is why its important to step out of your comfort zone.

  • Caylee Ralls

    Pat and Jim did an amazing job speaking to us this past week! I really enjoyed the fact that they came from different political parties to work together. That is something you do not see very often. Our generation has become so separated by parties that we can barely get along. So in my opinion, one practice I believe we need to focus on is empathy. I believe by having empathy and being able to truly take the time and listen to what others have to say, it would increase the relationships amongst people. Often times people from different political parties and perspectives will not even take the time to listen to the other side. They believe everything they say is wrong just because of their political standing. By having empathy we could learn why people have different feelings towards things and understand them rather than judge them. If we could develop empathy in our society, I truly believe the world would be a better place and people could work together more efficiently.

  • Destiny Perez

    In order to demonstrate my ability to work among a set diverse beliefs I must be able to incorporate the ideas of others and be willing to listen effectively. No matter the differences there are always some distinct similarities or some form of a common understanding that can help determine a solution. Leaders must be open to including the ideas of others even if they are different than the usual set of ideas implemented. By doing so you are creating an atmosphere of trust and civility among the people you surround yourself with. This will ensure and enable you to break through those conflicts in perspective.

  • Serah Salau

    I think the best way to make sure we are able to work diverse beliefs and experiences to find solutions to community challenges and opportunities is to input good communication skills. Communication does not only include talking or passing a message but also largely includes listening. When different people come together to find a solution to a certain problem, it is very important for them to first listen to each other’s point of view. Also, to always be ready to be corrected and correcting others too becomes no one is perfect. Lastly, empathy should be applied so as to understand deeply on other’s point of view because we all different and unique in our own ways.

  • Kylee Snell

    It is very important to be able to communicate in a respectful way towards others in any position you may hold. Sometimes this is difficult when others have different beliefs and values than you do. A great way to overcome this obstacle is to get to know them outside of these beliefs that you do not share. Find something you have in common and forget about what you don’t agree upon. Once you have developed a relationship with this person it will be a lot easier to find common ground on an issue the two of you may not agree on. When respect is established in a relationship it pushes both parties to try to understand where the other person is coming from on their stance. This makes it much easier for both parties to compromise and find an agreement.

  • Pierson Van den Dyssel

    During their presentation, Pat and Jim discussed bringing back civility into politics and working with individuals from different backgrounds, political parties, and perspectives. To piggyback on this concept I believe that being opened is the best way to ensure you are able to work with diverse beliefs and experiences, finding common ground and viable solutions to community challenges and opportunities.

  • Hannah Morrison

    We are at a time in our world where people are always bringing up new ideas, innovations, and beliefs. However, it seems we have also reached a point where accepting someone else’s differences is harder than it has ever been. To be able to cooperate with people of all backgrounds is one of the most important factors in a leadership role. Doing so can be ensured by always focusing on keeping an open-mind, and putting yourself into situations with people you wouldn’t normally find yourself talking to. People can disagree on every topic there is to speak about, but once we find a way to come to a central position with each and every idea, we will become the most efficient civilization.

  • Shelby Denney

    Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap were amazing examples of civil leaders and through their works of political lobbying it is great to see the changes that can be made. Hearing their perspective of our political climate today truly brought new light to this issue as we can see how it effects each of them in its own way, as well as identifying their political differences while still congenial and cordial to those around them. Personally, I believe the solution can be found through the use of education. When an issue arises it is easy for us to blame and point fingers at the other party for their ignorance or indifference of opinion. But if we looked in the mirror it is easy to see that we have some work to do ourselves for how we treat people and learn from those around us. Taking this task upon ourselves we can use opportunities like Diversity Round table or speaking to a variety of people to learn about their culture, upbringing, and social constructs can help us to avoid tension to begin with. Also the tone of our conversation can change the response and understanding of our audiences. It is easy to lash out and speak harshly of something when we have no personal ties to the subject. This kind of speaking only provokes personal gain and bullying of other topics. Instead to come into the conversations, large or small, with an open mind, is where we can all see true growth, and find solutions to indifference in both politics and in our world.

  • Emma Childers

    Educating ourselves about different cultures on our own time to broaden our perspective is key to being a great leader. It’s important to consider all points of view instead of just your own when making decisions. To ensure this, we need to listen to others rather than prepare what we are going to say next. For many of us, myself included, it is easy to get dead set on something and block out any other ideas without us even realizing it. With a broader perspective and open mind we can make the world we live in a better place.

  • During their presentation, Pat and Jim talked about many different types of people. Some practices we can engage in to ensure we are able to work with diverse experiences and opportunities are: getting involved in community activities and getting to know everyone around you in your community/neighborhood. Another is learning how to communicate properly and to effectively speak to others in a respectful and genuine tone.

  • Walker Holland

    Thank you to Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap for coming and sharing their thoughts on political civility and the state in which we currently stand as a state and nation. I believe to find that common ground a discussion needs to be held between both parties about any issue, political or not, to find a similarity or agreement. Not necessarily giving both sides what they want, but more what they need, so that that can be satisfied. Its important to keep an open mind when working with anyone who may be different or just from a new community. You definitely do not have to agree on everything, but it is important to at least hear someone out and understand what they believe is right. I think a lot of times now no one gets that chance, and that’s where the hang up is. Most of the time we get sidetracked about being right more than listening or finding common ground, and never settle with the other side of anything. So, keep an open mind, and very open ears, and make those connections that aren’t so business related, and you can find a middle on almost anything.

  • Mahfuzul Karim

    During the presentation by Pat and Jim, they were very clear about their perspective and their views to each other. But at the same time they also have some common work field. Sometimes we are not able to share our ability to others thinking that they might have a different perspective on that view, in that case sharing didn’t occur and their remains a space between them. But if their is a sharing between them which we saw between Mr. Pat and Mr. Jim that apart from their they come with their same views which lead them to long friendship in their work areas. Sharing opinions can build up new relations with others even though if they have different belief. With that we can come up with different solutions and challenges in our community too. Thus sharing ideas or belief can lead to many new things which we don’t even think off.

  • Sheridan Luis

    One major practice I think you could use is having an open mind! This is a huge characteristic in being able to connect with others who may have different options than you. You should be able to understand their view point and maybe put yourself in their shoes, these are just some examples of having an open mind. Another great example would be to make yourself relatable and not make yourself seem as higher or better than anyone. Staying humble and grounded are two main ways to make yourself relatable!

  • grace duvall

    From looking at Pat and Jim’s relationship I can see that they both are open minded people. They are able to befriend someone with opposing beliefs and I think that is a very valuable characteristic. Being willing to see someone else’s perspective because of their own unique background. Understanding that everyone has their own story and reasons why they believe the way they do. For me, to ensure that I am able to work with people with different views I can be open minded and understanding. I can welcome change and the fact that I am not perfect and neither are my beliefs.

  • Ruby Edsall

    One thing I found very interesting about Pat and Jim is how different they are in their views. A stark difference between them, especially because their partnership works in politics, is Pat being a Democrat and Jim a Republican. I found this to be hopeful in a way; the fact that two (slightly!) older politicians could not only have a business together but also work towards commons goals while representing two drastically different parties is very interesting to me. I think they provide a wonderful example of how we as leaders, with different views, opinions, and beliefs, can get along.
    I really, really think that educating yourself on both sides of a belief, regardless of which one you stand for, is a wonderful way to ensure respect for all people. I’ve heard many say they respect diverse beliefs–until those beliefs directly contradict their own. During Cyndi Munsun’s presentation, she said “I don’t understand, but I hear you,” and I think that speaks a lot to this same issue. We can firmly disagree but still respect each other in the process. Even if we seem to have nothing in common at all, mutual respect for each other can give us common ground.

  • Mikaela Trenary

    Mr. Hall & Mr. Dunlap touched on some great civil and political responsibilities that each individual of the United States should take pride in upholding. As a college student, I believe there are many great organizations to get involved in that strengthen our stewardship of these responsibilities. For example, joining a club with an opposite political perspective as yourself or volunteering to aide a campaign that advocates for strength in diversity. By participating in these ways, we can broaden our perspectives and our listening capacities as well. As a result, once we pursue careers after college, we can help create viable solutions to community challenges all the more.

  • Lilian Smith

    Pat and Jim discussed the vitality of working with people who are different that you. As a leader, it is so important to not only work with people who are different than you, but to live life with people who are different than you in order to gain perspective and challenge your own beliefs. While I have always known that this skill was important, I was not often able to practice this skill until recent years. I was born and raised in a small, predominantly white town in the middle of the bible belt. I was raised around people that mostly looked, lived, and believed as I did. In high school, however, I was able to be surrounded by more diversity through being active in student council, going on mission trips, and volunteering at various non-profits in my area. Now, in college, I have so many opportunities to hear the beliefs and experiences of others who are different from me. I strive to make meaningful conversations with people who are different than me and to immerse myself in situations that surround me with people with diverse backgrounds.

  • Gavin White

    Both men did an outstanding job this past week. For me, when thinking about tackling the topic of working with people with diverse viewpoints and belives, I believe listening is critical. To practice working with these various different viewpoints, we need to dive into it. I think some of the best practice is just doing what your trying to get better at. For working with various different belives and background, its good to work with multiple people that don’t have the same origin as you. When doing this “practice,” we have to make sure we are not just running our own show, but listening and keeping in mind the other viewpoints. In this instance, I think humility it such a useful asset.

  • Austin Borjas

    I feel like Pat and Jim were both very insightful and funny! The biggest thing that stood out to me was they talked about bringing back civility into politics. I feel like especially with politics can be mean and ruthless. Diversity is important to get the best ideas and how to grow both as leaders and individuals. I think that we need to be kind to each other and this brings the world together. There are many problems in our society that we can respect each other but there are many people that do not feel this way. I think being a leader is all about finding a common ground and working as a team to work for a better society.

  • amira ourani

    I believe for everyone to be able to make a successful change in the world we need to always put our differences aside and be able to work with people of different cultures, political beliefs, etc. Diversity is extremely important for a proper change in the world. I really respected the fact that Pat and Jim were really good friends despite their political affiliations. With that being said, even though they have different beliefs, both of them still care about the same problems in our state. Jim and Pat showed a really good example on how we should all put our differences aside in order to be able to reach out and take care of our community.

  • brinlee lenochan

    I think one thing I can do is engaging in order to work with diverse beliefs, experiences, and finding strong common ground that works for all parties. Engaging is becoming more aware of the diverse groups within my community. Going out and being activity and truly getting to know the people, allowing me to fully understand their needs. It is easier to fix problems and find solutions when you better understand the situations at stake. Also engaging in your community allows you to gain respect.Respect for the people you serve and their diversity as well they will gain respect for you as they your efforts and willingness to learn about their needs.

  • Sarah Huhman

    As leaders it’s important that every voice is heard no matter the race or religion. We are the voice for people, and we cannot be that voice if we exclude others. Putting yourself out there and holding events that include the entire community is one way you can meet and work with those who have a different ethnic background and beliefs from you. Being engaged with your community will help keep you open minded and give you a real view on everyone and everything that makes up your community. You as a person cannot begin to fix community issues if you can not come together as one. You must be able to understand how your community and those in it operate and then use your understandings to find a common ground between everyone. Once you find the common ground coming up with solutions for issues amongst a community will be more realistic. Just by being engaged as a leader and getting to know your community will help set you up for success amongst a diverse group

  • Cassidy Riley

    I really loved the way Jim and Pat collaborated in their speech in a clearly respectful way. That is a practice that is foundational to working collaboratively and purposefully with people with differing and even similar backgrounds and opinions. Without respect, it’s impossible to appreciate the value that others bring to the table. I don’t have the same opinion and same background as everyone I work with, but it takes those differences to comprehensively solve problems. Respecting each other makes everyone better because our differences teach us and help us do more. Common ground can only exist where there is respect for one another.

  • Abby Wright

    Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap were an exiting and interesting duo. To see two different people, from two different parties have the capability to come together and work as well as they do is astonishing. I believe that that is exactly what the world needs, People to put aside their differences and come together for the same goal of bettering the community and those around us. I believe respect should be heavily applied to others at all times and especially when working closely with others who do not one hundred percent believe the same thing as you. I also believe that as humans we should apply humility and understanding in our everyday lives.

  • karina cabrera

    A common practice many can involve themselves in is leadership roles on campus. A political belief does not matter when you are all working towards a common goal, for ex: helping the youth educate themselves about global warming. Although one may think differently than someone who is of a different party, what matters is that the mission is completed and if needed to put your beliefs aside to find common ground to impact the majority, most people will. You can also involve yourself in many clubs that focus on different mission statements to help open your mind up and see from different perspectives.

  • Erynn Coppedge

    Working with people who have a different set of beliefs from you is something that will happen often. It was very refreshing to see Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap working together despite the fact that they have different political beliefs. I think bringing back civility in politics is very important, because even thought two people might not vote the same, it does not mean they have nothing in common. Working in a community, you expect to be working with all different sorts of people, and those people are going to have different opinions on certain topics. One of the most important things a person can do is go into things with an open mind. Accepting that people will have different beliefs, and not trying to change those beliefs, is a sign a civil person, and something politics could benefit from. It is perfectly fine to agree to disagree on certain things; there will always be a common goal that people can work towards.

  • Joey Boschert

    In order to ensure acceptance of people from all walks of life, especially as a leader, I believe it is important to establish a common ground first and foremost on how to treat all people; essentially, treating all people the same, regardless of their skin color, religion, gender, or background. This way, you can ensure that as a leader there is no discrimination, as it can even happen unknowingly, so a common ground for treatment of others can be extremely important. I also believe it is important to consider all options when making decisions as a leader, and ensuring that no group of individuals is being left out or discriminated against when making reforms, laws, etc. This was discussed by Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap when referring to Oklahoma, specifically in the high incarceration rates, as they strived to improve this rate to better the lives of our youth and the lives of those who are released from prison. It is important to always utilize empathy when maikng decisions as a leader, and putting oneself in the shoes of those who are typically discriminated against, and making reforms based off of those perspectives.

  • Having the ability to find common ground requires you to be open minded. A great way to do this is to explore other people’s beliefs and culture. First you need to realize that you aren’t the only person on earth that matters, and other peoples opinions and norms are important too. For me I have been able to do this mainly from reading books or articles that discuss other religions and cultural standards. Having a basic understanding of why people do what they do, and why they believe what they do helps make this a reality.

  • Dawson Rose

    The best thing that can be done to ensure diverse beliefs and experiences are not only utilized, but respected, is to listen. Listening to others is an important skill all great leaders have. Sometimes it is not easy to listen to others with a different backgrounds or beliefs from your own. The skill of listening is important, along with the skill of being able to work in groups. People with different beliefs or experiences can often bring unique ideas to the table. Instead of seeing this a draw back, it should be utilized. People coming together with different ideas and collaborating can often achieve more than an individual.

  • Jonghyeon Park

    They talked about working with people from different perspectives. They talked with each other caringly, even though they were from different parties. All people have no same disposition. Wherever we go, we meet someone who has a different disposition. The way to work with people with diverse beliefs is simple. It is to be considerate of the other side as Pat and Jim showed. It is also to listen to the other side’s opinions. It is wrong to think that only one’s own ideas are right. Listening to what the other person thinks can lead to more methods and solutions. It will help our society grow further. Different backgrounds, political parties, and perspectives will provide us with more ideas when we open our minds to the other side.

  • Sydney McDaniel

    This has been a common subject with most of our speakers, but the first step to open-mindedness is listening. Perhaps someone wants to be able to find common ground or communicate effectively with other diverse and different backgrounds–the only way this will be possible is to first have an open mind. You can’t understand someone else’s perspective unless you start with listening. If everyone has a common goal, then it should be simple to begin with the basics of immersing yourself into the community and to be an effective listener.

  • Maison Smith

    I think one way to ensure that you are able to work with people from diverse backgrounds is to educate yourself and ask questions. If you ask why someone believes what they believe, it is easier to understand their perspective and work with them. Finding common ground with people is also about asking questions. Finding viable solutions to community problems means you have to be willing to hear things that might be hard to understand or accept and be ready to do what needs to be done. Having patience with people and being willing to listen are two very important qualities to have when working with people who are different from you. Civility is essential to getting anything done, and they are so right about it being gone from politics these days. Everyone just needs to stop thinking of what they’re going to say next and start actually listening.

  • Tyler Owens

    I personally believe that the ability to see both sides of an argument and analyze both viewpoints to come to a successful conclusion is absolutely necessary for good leadership. Whenever you are leading a group of people, not everybody will have the same views and not everybody will agree with one another. It is the job of the leader to analyze both sides and assess what is most beneficial, and to make a decision that is in the best interests of the group as a whole, despite whatever the leader may believe. This is absolutely essential when it comes to finding common ground with others and finding an agreeable way to tackle an issue, otherwise the issue will never be resolved.

  • Kinsey Harper

    Being able to work in different atmospheres and communities and among different types of people is a key component to have as a leader. You must be open minded about the subject you are talking about in order to gain a better understanding of the person’s point of view to take steps forward. This will lead others to have respect for you and guide them to be open minded with you as well. Giving respect to others is another way to engage with their different beliefs and backgrounds. Be mindful of their beliefs, ethnical background, race, and religion. Give respect, get respect! In every situation, you must remember that you do not have to agree with every one, but be humble as you listen and respond.
    As a leader this is very important. If you are not showing respect, humbleness, and open-mindedness, then no one will want to listen to you or follow you. To make a difference in the world, we must first love and respect the world and the people in it!

  • Kaylan Henley

    Distancing myself from the polarity of political leanings is certainly necessary. I think taking steps back and locating the roots of ideas different than my own helps me to understand the people who uphold them. When I am able to really take my time with an individual I doubt there would be a scenario where I could not empathize with their point of view. However, it is just a matter of taking that time and being optimistic enough to find our commonalities. Practicing that level commitment of peace is something that I strive towards, but I am still guilty of makings snap judgement. I’d like to be better and more consistent, in all areas, but in this one particularly.

  • Joshua Chao

    I believe engaging in the community will allow you to work with people of all different backgrounds and beliefs. Doing this will allow you to be aware of different diversities and beliefs which will allow you to be a proper voice for your community. Pat and jim truly exemplified this by displaying they can work cohesively and have different beliefs and still work together and be leaders. In my life I try to exemplify this with every interaction I have to better understand all sides and perspectives to effectively lead. Understanding all perspectives will let leaders resolve community issues and find common ground.

  • Mason Rasmussen

    Pat and Jim gave a very good lecture with bringing civility back into politics at the center of the message. Being able to include everyone in discussions is very important as a leader. Everyone wants their voices heard, and depriving people of that will cause a divide in the group or organization. I believe being the last to speak in the discussion is an important skill and will allow a leader to bridge diverse beliefs and will increase team morale. Finding common ground starts by being a good listener and continually making people feel that their opinions and ideas are being heard.

  • Tyler Boykin

    What I practice to ensure that I can always with diversity is open mindedness. I believe being open minded is the best way to accept other people beliefs. I also think listening is a great attribute to have when working together. Because if you are able to actually able to sit down and listen to what he or she has to say then anything could be accomplished, but if you refuse to listen to them because of their opinions then nothing can be done. For improvements to be made one has to improve one’s self.

  • Jerome Brown

    Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap were two brilliant speakers. They were very engaged in the audience and so dedicated to their jobs. They spoke to us about bringing civility to the every day world. Using civility allows us to communicate and get along with others from different communities and environments. Being civil does not mean that you just agree with everyone, but that you listen and try to find common ground even when you do not agree. Civility is also about being polite with your views and not just invading someone’s space or trying to put your beliefs on someone aggressively. Being civil in your dealings with others can be an easy way to obtain knowledge and respect.

  • Pat and Jim showed great examples of how they have worked to rid exclusion and hatred from their lives and our government. To ensure we are doing the same, I believe it begins with discovering and acknowledging if there are areas that are lacking in diversity or a safe and healthy environment. Then if there are these issues, directly address them and apologize to and try to right any wrongs for those who have been negatively impacted by any exclusion in our lives and work. From here, we should practice being intentional to seek out diversity and being inclusive in all we do. This teaches how to work with those different than you in many ways. Additionally, we need to be sure to create environments of common ground. Environments where everyone has a voice that is heard no matter what that voice says–or doesn’t say. Then using all voices to create solutions to community challenges that are best for everyone and genuinely help all people of all backgrounds.

  • HwiYeol Lee(Yiel)

    I am one of the international students in this class so, I don’t totally know about the background and history of Oklahoma. But Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap have talked about Oklahoma in this lesson. It was a really good opportunity to advance my knowledge for Oklahoma. Moreover, they taught us how to engage and be an active community member. And they highlight to practice in a certain situation because even we know how to do that, we can not do that without practice.

  • Ashlynn Meyer

    This idea of diverse ideas and positions reaching common ground is actually one of the harder things I’ve had to deal with within leadership. I am wanting to go into the political realm, and at times I get very passionate about what I believe and think that everyone should believe it too. Unfortunately, that is not the way the world works and there are thousands of different political and philosophical views. One of the more important things I’ve learned, especially going to a leadership high school, is how to practice civil discourse within controversial conversation. It is so easy to pick a stance and defend it with everything in you, but no progress is made politically when both sides aren’t taken into account. It is very true that the civility is lost in politics and I admire that these mens’ mission is to bring civil conversations into the mix. All sides and opinions must be taken into account when making a political decisions because if no one budges and no one reaches common consensuses, nothing would get done and there would be no advances on a governmental level.

  • Mykal Sanchez

    My team for the service project is Team Perspective and we have done a lot to explore the meaning behind the word perspective and what we can do to ensure that we are utilizing diverse and unique perspective in order to achieve the best outcome in our work as leaders. It is important to always consider the other point of view and the other side of a story or what a person believes because that is the only way to truly understand and put yourself in their shoes in order to experience empathy. Practicing empathy and practicing understanding different perspectives are detrimental to finding success within our communities and projects.

  • Brianna Taylor

    One practice that I could engage in that would help me be able to work with diverse beliefs and experiences would be to read the newspaper and/or watch the news frequently. Staying up-to-date on political and social news in my community or world will help me know what is going on around me. It will also expose me to numerous perspectives on different topics; this exposure will help me see issues and people from multiple angles. This vantage point, will enable me to connect with people and find common ground on issues. Another practice that I could engage in that would help me diversify my social portfolio, would be to attend public gatherings of different cultures. Back in my hometown, our local tribes would host pow wows that anyone could attend. Going to events like this, would help me become more knowledgeable on different people and their cultures.

  • Sydney Garrett

    In order to be able to work with diverse experiences and find common ground in any situation I come across, I have to practice a mixture of lessons I have learned over the past eleven weeks. I have learned that empathy can get me a long way when working with individuals from different backgrounds and experiences. I have to be able to put myself in their shoes and see where they are coming from. For instance, if a community does not what a certain project to happen, I have to put myself in their situation in order to understand why they wouldn’t want that certain project to take place. I also feel like listening plays a major role with finding common ground. I need to make sure to listen to people’s opinions and beliefs so that I can understand where they are coming from before I . There are many other characteristics that I can practice to be prepared for working with diverse situations, but listening and empathizing with others are the two that I feel like are important in every situation.

  • Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap did an incredible job talking to us about bringing civility back into politics. Taking their knowledge and advice, I think one of the first things we should do to stay engaged with people of all diverse backgrounds is listening and hearing what others have to say. People of different backgrounds give you different perspectives on issues and different personal experiences. This all gives people a voice to be heard. Staying engaged with people who have diverse beliefs and backgrounds also means including everyone and giving everyone the same respect and amount of attention they deserve. We should learn that anyone’s and everyone’s views on a subject matter. Often times we only listen to people we like or know instead of someone knowledgable to the situation and it causes conflict, but this can change. By communicating, listening, and being inclusive, we form a community of people to solve issues and find common grounds

  • Kameron KimBall

    I liked how Pat and Jim were apart of different parties and still good friends. A way that ensures being able to work with people of other beliefs and experiences is to fully understand the opposing side of yours. Yes, you might not agree with it at all, however, understanding the other side and why they believe it can make a worlds different. So I guess my point is being open minded. The next step is to just communicate and find common ground between both parties involved, where it is a fair compromise. Lastly, always do what’s best for others as a whole, and not a select few.

  • Carson Clay

    Even though I was not in class to hear Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap, my classmates filled me on a lot of information that was said on Tuesday. While listening, it was taught to me that one was a republican and the other was a democratic. Despite being from being parties they were still close and good friends. That’s why in leadership we may not all be the same race, size, or share the same belief system, but at the end of the day we must come to an agreement. Without agreement work is hard to finish and be successfully done. I hope I get the chance to hear from Pat or Jim again so I can experience the amazing message they shared.

  • Lauren Berry

    Everything starts with a conversation. By opening the lines of communication, there is an opportunity to understand and resolve any conflicts or problems between two different parties. Particularlly today, the conflict between republicans and democrats has reached a fever pitch; it was refreshing to see Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Hall get along as well as they do, especially in their given parties and positions. The way they communicated gave me insigt on how to handle conflicts or relations between two different parties. One, remember they are human. The media today has a problem with demonizing those with opinions contrary to their own, and it has reached the point where even the closest bonds are stretched because of our lack of respect for others beliefs. Two, use the skill of empathy to see where they are coming from to better understand their stance. Even if you find yourself not agreeing with the other side, it is a useful skill to learn to view others perspectives to better understand their stance. As aformentioned, communication is the first step for both of these methods.

  • I think the best practice that work with diverse beliefs and find common ground within our communities is making a communication program with experts on each fields. They will discuss the pros and cons of practices. Through their debate, they will hear the different idea from different people. Then It would be easier to work together, because they listen other voices.

  • Charity Lassiter

    As someone who didn’t grow up in a diverse household, but is now apart of a diverse family it is important to find common ground by taking the time to see things in other perspectives. How a particular council member effects you may effect a whole community differently and recognition is key. When looking at how things might not just effect you but others around you, it is easier to overcome community challenges. I believe the same goes for working with people with diverse beliefs. At the end of the day people are people, it is being aware of how things affect other people that ensures finding common ground. Perspective really is key. When you’re aware of how things affect not only you, but those in your community, working with diverse beliefs and experiences and overcoming community challenges become a whole lot easier.