Understanding Diversity and Inclusion part 1

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Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic right now in business. Most organizations have various initiatives designed to boost diversity and create inclusion within their companies culture. As the world population is growing towards 8 billion people, and it’s increasingly easy to communicate with those who are different from us, this work may be more important than ever.

Diversity and Inclusion, or D&I for short, frame the work we do at Leadership Vision around Strengths. It helps to tell the story of investing in people, teams, and culture, so all can thrive.

Today on the podcast, I’m talking with Dr. Linda Schubring, about the important topic of Diversity and Inclusion. First, we’ll be talking broadly about our view of Diversity and Inclusion, and second, Linda will share specifics around D&I as it has been applied to her role as VP of Employee Experience at Aeritae Consulting, a Tech Consulting company in St. Paul Minnesota. You probably also know that Linda is one of our consultants here at Leadership Vision. It’s always amazing to have these conversations with her and see how these two worlds intersect and really build off one another.

Today’s conversation is the first of three we’ll have around this topic. The first conversation here will be pretty broadly focused on the need for D&I initiatives, and also share some small steps that you may be able to implement today. The next two conversations will be about gender and then generations respectively as it relates to D&I.

Part of why we decided to record these conversations is because Linda noticed a lot of these D&I initiatives have been solely focused within the realm of HR. There’s often a lot of politics and politicking that go into these things, and we thought maybe it didn’t need to be that way. Linda wanted to inject our voice and approach that has tackled D&I pursuits subversively at first, but very intentionally and effectively.

Your Feedback

Has your company implemented some type of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives? What were they and how did they go? Remember that this is a journey, one perhaps where we never quite reach a destination. As we seek to become organizations rooted in Strengths, remember to give yourself and each other grace as you work to build an environment that truly celebrates the best in all of us. We’d love to get your feedback after you listen, so drop us a line and tell us where you’re at on this journey!

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