The Relationship Between Diversity, Inclusion & Identity Politics

Some people think that it’s possible to talk about Diversity and Inclusion without being political. Do you think that’s true?

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re going to be talking about why Diversity and Inclusion is a political issue; whether you like it or not

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • The relationship between Inclusion and Identity Politics
  • How Inclusion work is political
  • Why you should consider how political your inclusion journey is and much more

 It’s not always easy to separate ideas from identity

“This depends if we’re talking about the identity of the person speaking or the concept of identity in general. Context is crucial here but in the context of inclusion separating them may be difficult”

Some say that creating change makes you political

“The author of that book identified the book as being political because of his commitment to “improve the lives of disabled people”. His commitment to change made him political and he’s not the first person I’ve encountered who had that opinion”

Promoting Inclusion has implications

The reality is, Diversity, Inclusion, these things come with commitments and implications and we need to understand to understand what they are”

SHOWNOTES

How to disagree productively and find common ground

Element of Inclusion Conversation Thread That Inspired This Episode

Why I Avoid Debates About Diversity and Inclusion

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