A Geology Secret For Understanding The Diversity Of Your Teams That No One Has Told You About

I come across a lot of people name-dropping research that shows that diversity is important for creative teams, for innovative teams, for high performing teams.

But I never hear them provide any practical tools to help you understand why

Get your pen and paper ready because I’m going to reveal a geology secret for understanding the diversity of your teams that no one has told you about

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • How a geology concept can explain group dynamics in your organisation
  • Why Faultlines are a practical tool for understanding Intersectionality in action
  • The immediate benefits you can get from this little known concept and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

Faultlines are potential fractures within a group related to aspects of our identity

“Faultlines can be thought of as potential fractures within a group related to aspects of our identity; if they’re left undisturbed they go unnoticed for years. Something will happen to create fractures along these lines and then subgroups form and this affects the dynamics of the group”

Faultlines within a group become stronger when more of the identity attributes are aligned in the same way

“This matters because research suggests that strong faultlines can influence the dynamics of a particular group and the subgroups within it! You know what I mean when I say subgroups; I mean the little groups within a group that form. You may not know why they form; faultlines can help to explain it”

You can use Faultlines to observe group dynamics right now

“This is a real practical approach that you can use in your own teams or organisations. It’s more useful than saying in-groups and out-groups. And it’s something that you can use to observe what goes on in your next meeting”

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Show Notes

Intersectionality, Discrimination & Employee Resource Groups

The Elements of Inclusion #4