Uphill or Downhill?

Difference can be a powerful catalyst. The tension of difference is at the root of all change, learning, and innovation. None of these things can happen without the inclusion of different ideas, information, perspectives, identities, experiences, practices, etc. Not sure which said it best, but Frank Zappa “without deviation from the norm there can be   [Read More…]

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Are you hiring for inclusion?

Maybe you are already working on bringing more diversity into your workforce. Maybe you have some targeted outreach programs, are increasing the diversity of your applicant pool, and are scrubbing the hiring process for bias. Good stuff. But are you hiring for inclusion? I walk into a lot of conference rooms where people are not   [Read More…]

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The difference between your first thought and your second thought.

“There is prejudice in the world, without a doubt, but you are looking in the wrong place Joe! You can’t afford to be judgmental in the talent business. I am a businessman, and bias is just bad for business.” This is from a conversation that I had recently with the owner of a recruiting firm.   [Read More…]

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Some resources, recommendations and links…

A quick post to share a few things that I might not have mentioned here in the past… I have done a couple of webinars with the good folks over at BrightTALK, and they are both available for viewing at your convenience: Team Genius: Do You Understand What Makes a Talented Team? Got Bias? How   [Read More…]

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Inclusion?

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What do you think you know about those people?

Stereotypes (which, unfortunately, a whole bunch of us think we are immune to because we are “good people”) are at the root of a lot of dysfunctional stuff that happens in the space between us. When you believe you know something about someone based on the social groups they belong to (or that you believe they   [Read More…]

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Difference makes a difference.

I get told from time to time that we should only talk about certain kinds of difference. People have actually gotten angry at me for suggesting that diversity means difference (which it does), and that difference takes many forms. If the dictionary offends you please take it up with the dictionary people. More often than   [Read More…]

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Managing Differences: Extroverts & Introverts

Source: topmanagementdegrees.com

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What gets in?

I grew up in NW Iowa, and we used to enjoy making fun of our neighboring states, especially Nebraska. If someone from our class was visiting Nebraska for some reason, we would say “don’t get caught trying to cross the state line with any books, or they will get confiscated!” Maybe you needed to be   [Read More…]

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Assimilation vs. Inclusion

For most organizations, inclusion remains a vague, abstract idea. This is why it is so easy to find leaders quick to proclaim how inclusive they (and their organization) are, yet cannot explain what that actually means. One of the tools I like to use in making inclusion a more tangible thing comes from a wonderful   [Read More…]

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