I was in a meeting recently where I heard ‘the thing about inclusion is it’s inefficient…’ Hard to know how to react to a statement that in some ways feels so wrong (is efficiency our ultimate goal?) and yet, in some ways, is probably right. My wonderful business partner and fellow human change agent Sam […]
The ‘diversity and inclusion’ industry has been around for more than 20 years, but the dial isn’t really shifting. We’re more than 50 years from the equality acts, so why does it feel like we’ve hardly moved? Organisations want to become more diverse, consumer brands want to reflect diversity better and membership organisations – from […]
At its simplest, Brexit is about implementing the answer to a question. We were asked, ‘what would be better, x or y?’ we chose x and, in doing so, delegated our authority to the government to make x happen. From watching the sitcom/horror fest that is our parliament dissolving into something beyond nonsense (I feel […]
Could understanding empathy unlock the door to more focus and investment in our organisations? So I imagine life can be very exhausting for diversity and inclusion practitioners – and for business leaders and staff who have a high interest in this area. “We know,” they must think every time a new survey reveals a gap […]
People can surprise us. I’d had a bad time at work, a long time ago, and was sharing my story with a male friend. We reminisced and laughed and drank a lot of red wine. “God, Laura” he said, “I feel so guilty about what’s happened to you, your story, it’s so awful” (note it wasn’t really awful, just mildly bad, the kind of boring sexism that most women experience in their working lives).