Posts Tagged ‘diversity’
It’s very encouraging that organisations are recognising the need for diversity within their workforce as a whole, as well as within their leadership. But when we talk about diversity at senior levels within our organisations, what are we generally talking about?
Recently, I had the privilege of attending a discussion about the relationship between diversity and innovation within the legal profession. The forum was convened by Rosemary Martin, general counsel at Vodafone and Daragh Fagan, general counsel at Thomson Reuters.
An unlikely threesome
In the audience were lawyers from both law firms and the bar, as well as in-house counsel, academics, recruitment consultants and HR professionals. There may even have been a few of us who straddled more than one group. As a lawyer who has worked in the government legal service, law and professional services firms as well as being an executive coach and author, I was perhaps one of the more ‘diverse’ participants. And possibly an innovative one too. So it was with an optimistic and open mind that I joined the audience, who at first raised the odd eyebrow to the idea of these three strange bedfellows being linked together in this way. Read the rest of this entry »
In my opinion the kind of misconceptions that I hear and come across, may be due to the fact that some people only see diversity as one strand, frequently gender or race. While inclusion focuses on disability and the meaning of equality is about treating everyone the same, or ‘like I want to be treated’, sometimes this naturally comes from their own experiences or needs, and is thus understandable but is very limiting and unhelpful.