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Musings on Diversity

Legacy of Diversity
December 14, 2017

“Best Practices”: A Viable Strategy Approach?

Over the years, I have observed that diversity practitioners — whether launching a diversity thrust or building on existing efforts — frequently seek out "best practices" data. They at a minimum consider adopting practices from their findings, or look to qualify to be on a "best practices" list. Is this approach to developing a diversity management strategy effective?   6…
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Legacy of Diversity
November 30, 2017

The Shamming of Diversity

Over time, corporate efforts at diversity have become far less about building up the dynamics of individuality and naturally fostering the full contributions of all, regardless of how different or similar they might be, and far more about promoting a cover for affirmative action.   About two years ago, a friend who reportedly knows my work introduced me to an…
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Legacy of Diversity
November 30, 2017

Legacy of Diversity

SDMS 360 is pleased to announce our Legacy of Diversity series. Our featured contributor is Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., and our first post is his article, The Shamming of Diversity.  As the Father of Diversity, we thought it fitting to include Dr. Thomas' voice in the ongoing conversation on Diversity Management. While these articles were written several years earlier, they are just…
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Diversity: Managing the Marketplace
November 8, 2017

UPS and Puppy Love

Photo Credit: Roger on Facebook   I recently discovered the Facebook Page UPS Dogs. It contains videos and pictures of the dogs that UPS drivers encounter on their various routes. For someone who loves dogs like me, it is a treasure trove of doggy cuteness. But what do dogs have to do with diversity? It’s all about Quadrant 4: Managing…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Representation
October 27, 2017

12 White Blue-Eyed Blonde Men

Earlier this month, Apple’s Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, Denise Young Smith, offended many by her words at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. When asked if black women were a priority for her in her new role, Smith responded (partial response below): “Aamna, you also asked me about my work at Apple, or in particular, who…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing RepresentationDiversity: Managing Workplace CultureGlobal Diversity
October 27, 2017

Diversity Abroad and At Home

Yesterday, Kenyans went to the polls a second time to elect their president. This was due to the results from the first election of August 8, 2017 being contested and subsequently annulled. As I read about the new round of elections, I came across this quote: The crisis has aggravated ethnic divides within Kenya that many believed were declining in…
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Diversity: Managing Differences
September 30, 2017

Potato? Or Patattah?

As I watched reports and read commentaries on the professional US athletes taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, I was reminded of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs: You say “potato.” I say “patattah” You say “tomato.” I say creole, “tamayda.” Oh let’s call the whole thing off. The lyrics tell the story of…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
August 14, 2017

How Google Could Have Responded

By now you’ve heard about the 10-page essay by James Damore, a now former Google senior engineer. It’s a scenario I’m sure is familiar to you: Damore voiced a divergent* perspective in a document at Google. His comments went viral and offended many. There were several calls that he be fired. Google published the obligatory “such behavior does not reflect…
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Diversity: Managing Representation
July 17, 2017

I Dare You!

If you are going to dream, dare to make it happen. Sounds like something you’d see on one of those inspirational posters or a famous movie quote from some legendary icon of heroism. I’m not sure if it is one of these or not, but I am sure that I was recently a part of someone’s “dream come true.” And…
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