Are all your suppliers owned and led by similar people? Have you used the same supplier for years without progress? Then chances are your supply chain isn't that diverse. So what? Change can be risky, costly and difficult. But Winston Churchill summed up why its worth it best when he said "to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal".
“We always hire the best person for the job. Men just perform best.” All around us, the warning signs of exclusion sit in plain sight. But the fruits of meritocracy and inclusion were laid bare for all to see when England's Women brought home gold in Euro 2022 for the first time in history.
Ian Clarke appeared on 'The Smart Connector' with Jane Bayler to explain how any one person has the power to change the outcome of humanity's journey for the better, if only we can learn to think differently.
Deilight Consulting has partnered with multi-award winners Global Equality Collective – the world’s first DE&I app - to provide our clients with a fully paperless, immersive, confidential, deep data solution for staff engagement/satisfaction surveys and DE&I demographic data collection. Here, Deilight's Founder Ian Clarke and GEC's Founder Cat Wildman explain the thinking behind the partnership.
Deilight's Founder Ian Clarke awarded top Editors Choice award at WeAreTheCity's Rising Stars 2022 for extraordinary contributions in advancing rights and opportunities for women in business
In the words of one of his then closest allies, Michael Gove, in 2016 after gazumping his first leadership bid, Boris would fail to “stick up for the forgotten people of this country.” Herd mentality may have kept Prime Minister Boris Johnson in power longer than many expected but ultimately, it was those forgotten people who today courageously secured his removal.
"I'm not scared of difference, I actually embrace it. I love talking to people who are different and it's all about the excitement of the human experience."
Look around you. Look at the people you work with, the environment you have created, the atmosphere that drives you. Whether you love it or loathe it, the chances are that these things are a huge part of not just your life but those who work for you. You have the ability to make or break their day, their careers, hopes and dreams.
Like many things, customer service protocols are mostly still written by white people, for white people. But this doesn’t equip service teams with the full array of customer dimensions and situations they’re likely to be faced with. Consider having the breadth and terminology of protocols regularly reviewed by a diverse set of eyes to ensure they remain current, inclusive and broad enough to cover multi-cultural matters without any unwelcome discomfort.
“The target is not men, it is sexist patriarchy. It is not the elite, it is the ignorant. It is not heterosexuals, it is homophobia. It is not the old, it is those who disregard the young. The target is not white people, it is white supremacy.”
Before COVID-19, the prevailing theory was that workers out of sight or working remotely could rarely perform at their best, or indeed ‘make a livin’. But that turned out to be a perception bias – just because certain extroverted subgroups may generally perform better under traditional ways of working, the reality for a wider workforce is far more multifaceted.
Active inclusion aims to retain diverse talent by creating an environment where the differences that define oppressed people are genuinely valued, appreciated and ultimately integrated into the very fabric of a business. This ensures everyone is treated fairly and feel able to raise their concerns and can perform at their best.