Five Lessons we can learn from Noughts and Crosses

On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about the five lessons we can all learn from the TV series, Noughts and Crosses, to address inequity in the workplace.

I decided to talk about this because while I was watching the show, I completely fell in love with all the characters, and became very engrossed in the series as many people did.

I also felt there were lots of parallels and lessons we could all learn to improve the workplace and reflect on the way that we do things. 

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In today’s show, I talk about:

  • The first lesson from the series: systems and control. [04:58]
  • My second lesson from the series: workplace bullying [06:52]
  • What I think the third lesson from the series: bias. [08:20]
  • Linked to the third lesson, the fourth lesson from the series: microaggressions. [10:48]
  • Finally the fifth lesson from the series: whose stories get heard. [13:31]



  • I think it’s essential for many people who have not experienced a power imbalance within our current UK culture to see it and understand it and value it from a different perspective. 
  • Bias is a social stereotype about certain groups of people, that individuals have as a result of their culture, upbringing and exposures to others. 
  • Microaggressions are essentially subtle, yet an incredibly powerful denigrations of someone’s identity.
  • Stormzy said he’s experienced racism and that racism happens in the UK. This was very different to what was reported in the media.
  • Systems are shaped by culture and who controls the culture. So, consider who controls the culture.

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