9 Lessons that move the Dial on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace | Blue Sky

9 Lessons that move the Dial on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Dan Mason - Partnership Director


““There are more differences within groups than between them.” 


In and out groups go far beyond the legal protected characteristics. And, while they are helpful in policy creating and measuring the success of such initiatives, they can also be a red herring that leads those in the majority group to dismiss the personal relevance of this important topic (especially where senior sponsorship is required). The fact is that most employees (61%) report having to hide who they are to fit in at work and, while this is higher in marginalised groups, it is also very high in the majority (almost 50%) (Yoshino & Smith, 2013).

In this E-book, we offer 9 lessons that move the D&I Dial. Here’s what you can expect to get out of it:


Four Pillars of Trust

  • How trustworthy are you?
  • Stephen Covey says that people continuously make an evaluation of how much they trust you based on your character and your competence: the Four Pillars of Trust (2006)


Creating psychological safety should be a core management practice for future leaders

  • Diverse teams create more innovation, increased knowledge sharing, better collatboration, increase engagement. (Newman et al, 2017).
  • neuroscience shows that, when our brains register a threat (and this includes a threat our psychological safety), blood flow is directed to the amygdala, which in turn directs blood flow to our limbs and away from our prefrontal cortex. This means there is less energy behind creativity and our drive for excellence, we’re in survival mode (HBR, 2019)


Managers are your largest lever for cultural change

  • Help overcoming their own self-enhancement bias around the topic
  • Help understanding the organisation’s inclusion narrative
  • Training on the behaviours that create psychological safety within their teams
  • A toolkit, or collection of exercises, that they can run with their teams to cascade the learning throughout the organisation


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