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No Meaningful Change: Why Most Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Initiatives Fail and An Alternative Approach to Your Organization’s D&I Efforts

diversity & inclusion Feb 22, 2018

Focus on Similarities Rather Than Differences

Most organizations are failing miserably when it comes to their diversity and inclusion efforts. The reason: there are fundamental flaws in how most organizations approach diversity & inclusion (D&I), including how they are approaching unconscious bias. The major problem is that the emphasis is on diversity, rather than inclusion. The true competitive advantage of D&I can’t be achieved without a significant focus on inclusion. An organization can only capitalize on its diverse workforce if they are able to leverage those diverse viewpoints and experiences in their decision-making. The organization needs to create an environment where individuals feel comfortable expressing their diversity of experiences and thought and where the organizations both listens and leverages that diversity, in the decision-making process. When an organization creates an inclusive culture, they have more effective problem-solving,...

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Why Are Gender Issues So Prevalent?

2017 was a year that began with a series of women’s marches and is ending with a long list of accounts of sexual abuse, and a loud out-crying of #MeToo. It is clear we still have a lot of gender issues as a society. Why are gender issues ranging from abuse of power, pay parity, unconscious bias, and micro-inequities, still so deeply rooted in our society in 2017? 

I believe, part of the issue is that gender is just one aspect of much more complicated group dynamics.

As an individual, we are members of many different groups. Dr. Clay Alderfer and his pioneering work on Embedded Intergroup Relations theory identified the two basic categories of groups that people belong to - Identity groups and Organizational groups. Identity groups are made up of people who have some common biological factors (ex: race, gender), have been part of some similar historical experience (ex: 9/11 survivor), or have experienced social forces resulting in similar worldviews (ex: socioeconomic...

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