The Dream Explodes

[caption id="attachment_733" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)[/caption] In his poem Dream Deferred, Langston Hughes asked:  "What happens to a dream deferred ?"  Sixty three years later, we have found an answer in Ferguson, Missouri. Some people say the anger of... Read More

The “One Happy”

 The province of Saskatchewan has a booming economy but projections are that the current workforce will shrink as workers get older. So they are looking for workers. However, merely filling the ranks is not good enough. They must create an inclusive culture.  Despite being recognized as one of Canada's top "diversity employers", creating an inclusive culture is... Read More

The Great Diversity Divide

[caption id="attachment_665" align="aligncenter" width="660"] The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River[/caption] There’s an ongoing war of words between the anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion and intercultural competence camps. It can be nasty sometimes. All sides have the same goal of eliminating discrimination, racism and creating inclusive workplaces, but their approaches are very different. After attending an... Read More

Interculturally Competent Leadership

  [caption id="attachment_629" align="aligncenter" width="300"] http://goo.gl/2IBGP4[/caption] If an organization wants to be more inclusive, how leaders behave will determine success or failure. Leaders set the tone for others to follow. It is said that employees expect four things from their leaders or managers: meaning or direction, trust in and from the leader, a sense of... Read More

Traits of Inclusive Leaders

Members of a Diversity and Inclusion Council completed the following sentence: "Leaders in an organization are being inclusive when...." They are walking the (diversity) talk and modeling inclusive behaviour. They are taking part in both formal and informal processes that support the development of an inclusive organization. They understand community expectations and hold their staff accountable for... Read More

Diversity Inertia

[caption id="attachment_596" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Diversity Inertia = Competing Priorities + Comfort Zones[/caption] Newton's first law -- the law of inertia -- states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. The same law can be applied to diversity and inclusion programs in organizations. Diversity inertia occurs when... Read More