Everywhere we turn in corporate America, today there is talk about diversity or its lack thereof. In media outlets and industry news and trends, the cry for more diversity is getting louder.
But that does not mean it is going to happen. In fact, previous shouts have fallen on deaf ears. The diversity needle has barely moved significantly in the last several decades. Progress is slow with two steps front and three steps back. Many are predicting that not much is going to change.
We can play the blame game but it won't get us anywhere fun.
It is time to change the conversation to something that is meaningful, energizing, and impactful, but more importantly, something that is personally rewarding and beneficial and this is backed by neuroscience. In other words, when we look at diversity as something that is good for the organization, we think it is someone else's problem. But when we understand that diversity is good for our personal well-being and mental health, then we take notice. We are willing to invest. We are willing to learn and to expand our boundaries.
Selena Templeton of ITSP magazine and I had a great coffee-shop dialogue around the link between embracing diversity and our brain health. You can listen to the conversation here: goo.gl/cPSqav
or you can read it here.
We don't become advocates of diversity overnight. We don't become accepting of diversity overnight. We don't overcome our biases overnight. Everything takes time - one small step at a time. But when we don't take that first small step then we are in trouble. We wither away. We become jaded. We become mentally old. I call it the mental stink.
As always, one small step at a time!