When Corporate Diversity Targets Destroy Inclusion

What gets measured gets managed

But what if this creates Diversity that Destroys Inclusion?

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re talking about when corporate diversity targets destroy inclusion

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • A common Inclusion destroying Diversity approach
  • Why perverse incentives should be avoided
  • Why you should avoid the Cobra Effect and much more

Here’s some of what we share on the show:

Corporations use measures to guide behaviour

 “corporations also produce and reproduce a lot of the inequality that we find in society we discuss this all the time. But many are trying to address it. One way you may have encountered are quotas and targets”

 Corporations often mistake the measures for the goal

“You’ve heard people say what gets measured gets managed, but a consequence on managing these measurements is that the thing that gets measured becomes the goal instead of what it’s supposed to represent”

 Focus on goals and use measures where appropriate

“we believe that a useful goal is to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can perform, everyone can belong, everyone can reach their potential”


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