Für neu gegründete Unternehmen, vor allem mit digitalem Geschäftsmodell, galten etliche Jahre lang überschwänglich positive Vorannahmen: Chancengerecht, multikulturell, innovativ, flexibel. Nun zeigen sich andere Realitäten.
Everyone probably knows some studies that illustrate the value-add of D&I. Is that enough to convince your stakeholders? Do these studies cover, e.g., the dimensions of religious or functional diversity? The latest global business case inventory identified 181 new studies of which 50 fulfilled strong quality standards.
From flowers and re-gendered brands to marching sisters’ fists and mass striking: International Women’s Day showed a vast variety of initiatives. Their impact depended on how well they acknowledged their context: Some did, others didn’t. An analysis describes how helpful or harmful activities can be.
Mit einer „beleidigenden Gegenüberstellung“ äußerte sich gestern Stephan Mayer, CSU Vorstandsmitglied, im WDR Fernsehen zu den sogenannten bürgerlichen Positionen seiner Partei. Dabei stellte er Minderheiteninteressen einer „schweigenden Mehrheit“ gegenüber. Eine Analyse gesellschaftlicher Daten wirft Fragen auf: Nur 9 Millionen Menschen passen gänzlich zu den CSU Positionen.
The German conference of Tagessspiegel and Diversity Charter has become one of the household events for German diversity practitioners. The organisers see this as a mandate not only to present current trends, but also to offer an appealing mix of methods and a broad range of topics. With success.
Große Fachkonferenzen entfalten große Anziehungskraft. Entsprechend vielfältig stellt sich die Teilnehmerschaft dar und dieser Erfolg bringt Herausforderungen mit sich: Ein Programm mit starken Inspirationen und konkretem Praxisnutzen zu bieten. Lesen Sie einen Bericht mit weiterführenden Links.
The financial sector constitutes the largest Industry cluster when analysing blue-chip companies in Europe. Does the economic strength translate into D&I leadership or will questions over ethics be confirmed? A comparative summary of results
A google employee was fired for spreading harmful stereotypes about women – ten pages long. The following discussion revolved around freedom of speech and existing (gender) gaps in the tech industry. Surprisingly, there was little refection about how D&I did not reach large, mainstream audiences over the past years.
Kein Event und keine Broschüre zum Thema Work/Life, bei denen nicht die Unternehmenkultur als Schlüsselbereich beschwört wird; ebenso die Vorbildfunktion der Führungskräfte. Die konkrete Gestaltung dieser Elemente bleibt jedoch weitgehend unklar und damit unerfüllt. Unterschätzte und unerwartete Barrieren behindern die wirksame Umsetzung.
It could be so simple and joyful: celebrating diversity, colourful balloons and smiling people. All good. However, anyone who tackles diversity in a simplistic way and presents it only as a business case is not only cheating on his or her own label – they will also quickly reach the limits of credibility and expectations of measurable success. This is shown both by longer-term maturity and by the effects of recent events. Two key issues have become apparent: a focus on individual issues and a quite superficial desire for change.
At its launch, the ERASMUS programme was revolutionary and provided literally unbelievable mobility. After 30 years, the stats and results are impressive. However, the look-and-feel of ERASMUS reports and events suggest a political and administrative focus rather than a celebration of a European spirit and integration. Other initiatives, like Pulse of Europe, show enormous spirit but lack the content or structure of established programmes. A combination of spirit and structure would be ideal – but is only found in few initiatives, like AEGEE.
Hundreds of leading women at the World Women Leadership Congress in Mumbai filled the large ballroom with stunning expertise and vibrant engagement. The only panel of that day, 17 February, discussed a delicate question: The invisible dynamics of gender bias. The only man on the panel, Michael Stuber, shares his top recommendations from 20 years of experience in advancing Gender Diversity on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March).
For twenty years, D&I was demanding inclusive behaviour and high ethical standards from dominant groups while running programmes for women and minorities. The analysis shows that this has to be reversed: D&I leaders should role model their ideals and work a lot more with the mainstream majority.
D&I is stuck in routine, generic strategies and a copy-and-paste mentality. This analysis shows how a lack of relevance to the business and too much regulation is limiting the scope and impact of Diversity. A new business focus can bring back the change into D&I and unleash intrinsic energy. Continue reading
It felt as if overnight many achievements of 20 years of D&I work were ruined when nationalistic and post-truth campaigns received support and were partially successful. A root cause analysis shows how badly managed globalisation and virtualisation led to fragile communities. D&I has the power to offer an alternative – but for that, it needs to be re-framed.
While the Internet jokes about seemingly silly populist media statements, the successes of simplistic, fact-free campaigns continue to horrify experts, including D&I stakeholders. However, the impact of accelerating post-truth dynamics on D&I is largely underestimated as is the responsibility of Media and ourselves.
Die jährliche Diversity-Konferenz von Tagesspiegel und Charta der Vielfalt präsentierte mit „Visions of Diversity“ ein neues Format. Fünf AkademikerInnen stellten in 7-minütigen Statements ihre Zukunftsbilder für D&I vor – und ihre Forderungen.
The enthusiasm about neuroscientific evidence about how our brain deals with differences continues to be high. As much as D&I practitioners appreciate the additional knowledge about barriers to making the most of difference, they are looking for robust ways to mitigate Unconscious Biases. A new book offers help.
Die BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt lädt ein und sie kommen: Der Bayerische Innenminister Herrmann und SPD Bundestagsabgeordneter Oppermann. Vor ausgewählten Gästen tauschten sie am 26. Oktober 2016 in der BMW Welt in München Positionen zu einem etwaigen Einwanderungsgesetz aus. Eine Nachlese von Michael Stuber
If you feel you need to reshape your Gender Diversity strategy and want to make sure top management is not only on board but actively engaged, why don’t you run workshops on the business case & strategy design with your first levels? One large country organisation of a global firm did that and received detailed input and lists of active supporters with whom they proceed. Continue reading