Diversity: Not a Zero Sum Game

There are many hurdles in the way of increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Some are based on historic inequalities in income, role models and education for minority groups. Some are cultural, involving overt and unconscious biases. And some are simply due to a lack of awareness. But as covered by Grace Donnelly in an article for Fortune, a new survey from Ernst and Young and ORC International confirms a hurdle to diversity and inclusion that can be said to be driven by apprehension. As many diversity and inclusion professionals have often suspected — albeit without necessarily having concrete data to back up the suspicion — “White men feel left out of workplace inclusion effor

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on Decision Making

We’ve long touted the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Inclusion isn't simply something that's "nice to do," or even "the right thing to do." Inclusion, we've been saying for years, is a business imperative. That’s why we’re always excited to see data that backs up what we’ve been telling our clients for the past two decades. And new research by Cloverpop, a cloud app aimed at improving business decision making, does just that. Erik Larson, founder of Cloverpop, discusses the methodology and findings in an article for Forbes. Without going into the specifics of the study (the details are available in the links above for those interest in how concepts like “better” busine

How Offensive Actions, or Words, Can Impact Your Team

Just one day after Cam Newton made what were largely interpreted to be sexist comments towards a female sports reporter, he lost out on a major sponsorship deal. This, combined with heavily critical responses from sports media and his team – the Carolina Panthers – distancing themselves from his remarks demonstrate the power of the female consumer to both the NFL and commercial brands in general. It started on Wednesday, October 4. When asked by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue about the route-running of Panthers receiver Devin Funchess, Newtown replied by saying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” Newton then repeated the comments with a grin after the room fell si

In Saudi Arabia Inclusion is a Business Imperative

The big news out of Saudi Arabia in September wasn’t ongoing conflict in Yemen or the transition to power of new, young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (“MBS”). Rather, it was the decision of the notoriously conservative Middle Eastern nation to allow women to drive. There are a number of interesting angles to this story — from violent backlash by male Saudis to a look at prohibitions still faced by Saudi women, almost unheard of in countries of similar economic prominence. Similarly, there are plenty of theories as to why the Saudis finally decided to allow women to get behind the wheel: part of a general opening up and liberalization by MBS, a diplomatic move to appease liberal Western al

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