The Missing Character Of Diversity and Inclusion Work

There’s a missing character in Diversity and Inclusion Work

Find out some of the fundamental reasons why diversity and Inclusion isn’t effective and the missing character that we need.

Here are some key messages from this episode

  • Why people think Diversity & Inclusion interventions don’t work
  • Why people are comfortable describing Diversity & Inclusion as a tick box exercise
  • What’s missing from Diversity & Inclusion and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode

Organisations that focus on Community and Compliance make limited progress

“The result can often be an empty shell policy, we talked about this in a previous show, it’s a term used by Professor Hoque and Noon to describe equal opportunity policies that aren’t genuine, policies that are in place, but aren’t in practice. Policies that aren’t having the outcomes claimed”

Not enough organisations focus on Competence and Character

“After the event, one of the organisers Ken said he liked the conversation because there’s a lot of focus on competence but there’s not enough on character and that struck me”

The Character of an organisation influences our relationship with it

“I want to tell you about a game I play whenever I come into contact into an organisation. I look at their behaviour and the values that are demonstrated and I ask: Would I be friends with that person? “

Here are some resources so you can go deeper

Robert Cialdini

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