Demystifying Diversity: A Simple Guide To Inclusion [Interview with Gamiel Yafai] Part 1

Gamiel Yafai is author of Demystifying Diversity and an award winning Diversity & Inclusion Strategist. 

Find out why he’s one of the most enduring figures in UK Diversity & Inclusion. Part 1 of a 2 part series. 

Here are some key messages from this episode: 

  • A little known secret of the organisations that win Diversity & Inclusion awards
  • How Gamiel’s heritage culture influences his work
  • The 3 primary roles of Diversity Champions 

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

The importance of Self Leadership 

“You have to lead yourself before you can lead others”

True Champions Emerge 

“You can’t advertise for them, they just appear”

An Expensive Myth to avoid 

“Our problem is trying to change complex mind sets that think that you have to pay a fortune to introduce a brilliant programme”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper:  

Gamiel on Twitter 

Gamiel on Linkedin

Yemen Proud

Demystifying Diversity

The Hunger Project

The McGregor Smith Review

The Parker Review

Diversity Marketplace

Whenever you’re ready, there are a few ways I can support your Inclusion Journey:

The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences