The Proxy Problem of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Using a proxy can be useful

But some of us are misusing them when it comes inclusion

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re talking about the Proxy Problem of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • Everyday examples of a proxy you should know
  • Why you should be paying attention to how people use a Proxy
  • The key quality a useful Proxy for Inclusion has and much more

Proxies can be useful for measuring things that are difficult to observe  

“A proxy is a variable; an alternative variable that is observed or measured when the variable we’re really interested can’t be observed or measured directly”

Some of us are misusing Proxies and it’s a problem

“I think Proxies are being used inappropriately when it comes to Inclusion”

Be careful what Proxies’ you use when it comes to Inclusion 

There’s a Proxy problem when it comes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. There’s a Proxy problem and we need your help. I’m not saying we shouldn’t use them but we need to avoid false proxies”


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  • 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.

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  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

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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
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  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences