We don’t think it’s sufficient to tolerate or respect diversity, as such mindsets severely limit the potential diversity can offer to organisations. Our approach is about exploiting the opportunities that difference and variety offers….not to be confused with exploiting people!
For us it’s about improving organisational performance and stakeholder benefit.
- a natural resource
- the oldest natural resource
- THE single most important resource for any organisation
But to capture its many benefits and overcome the challenges it brings, organisations need deep competencies. That’s where we come in.
Our working definition:
Diversity is a natural resource which can be exploited by organisations to improve performance, by capturing the value that difference and variety can offer, for example via better access to talent, markets, innovation and creativity. When managed well, it also improves outcomes for an organisation’s stakeholders, for example it improves Equality. Inclusion is necessary to capture the value that diversity offers – and therefore, crucial.
Inclusion + Diversity = Performance, including Equality
Even Rocket Scientists Agree…
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Or, for a more down to earth example…
The Ant and the Elephant:
“One day in Asia an ant was walking in the forest when he fell down a huge hole. He couldn’t get out, He shouted, HELP. An elephant came past, he put his trunk into the hole so the ant could get out. The next day, the elephant went in a tunnel and he couldn’t get out. The ant came, he could see in the dark. He led the elephant out.”
Jonathan, age 8 (a pupil at our local primary school)
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