Seven Changes that make your Gender Equality work impactful, accepted and valuable

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).

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D&I could be a powerful alternative to Nationalism – if pitched effectively

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.

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Kulturelle Vielfalt: Kontext ist alles

Welche Dynamik sich zwischen zwei Kulturen entfaltet hängt nicht nur von den jeweiligen (vermeintlichen!) Besonderheiten ab, sondern wesentlich von örtlichen und zeitlichen Gegebenheiten. Dieser sogenannte Kontext ist entscheidend für das Verständnis inter-kultureller Prozesse. Dies gilt umso mehr, als dass sich Werte, Grundannahmen, Normen oder Maßstäbe mit dem jeweiligen Kontext verändern – bis hin zu willkürlichen Festlegungen. Kontext-Kompetenz wird damit zum Erfolgsfaktor im Umgang mit kultureller Vielfalt.

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Cultural Diversity – From normative models to exploring existing realities

Learning about differences can be tricky as it may well lead to putting (groups of) people in boxes. ‘Men are from Mars’ is one example for the stereotyping risk, and many traditional cultural models fostered categorisation – even in categories that did not exist before. Exploring the realities of cultures as they exist is an intriguingly easy alternative.

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MEASURING THE SUCCESS OF D&I: Effect – Progress – Added value concepts and methods at a glance

In an economic environment it seems obvious to measure the success of initiatives – after all, resources flow into the respective activities. Meanwhile, how success should show itself remains controversial. In the context of the women’s quota, the fulfilment of these goals is already regarded by some as the achievement of goals and thus as a success. Others insist that Diversity & Inclusion – like other initiatives – must deliver measurable added value, i.e. ROI. Programme managers and project managers regard themselves as successful when their measures have had the desired effect. It seems as if incompatible different points of view collide – they merely represent different perspectives and elements of a comprehensive measurement of the success of diversity management.

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New evidence about Unconscious Bias shows this concept is not the silver bullet

Current research into Unconscious Bias shows that the awareness for and concern about expressing bias does actually help to accept feedback about bias and to take bias-reducing actions. The study conducted by Perry, Murphy and Dovidio (in press) found that white participants with high scores on a newly developed Bias Awareness Scale were likely to accept the (fictive) results of a bias measure indicating their preference for white individuals over black individuals. Participants with a lower Bias Awareness tended to reject such feedback. Moreover, the personal acceptance of bias feedback turned out to be the crucial tie between Bias Awareness and bias-reducing activities when participants were told to be biased. These findings confirm that Unconscious Bias training alone will not turn the totality of subtle and blatant discrimination, imbalance and inequalities into a fair and inclusive culture.

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Umgekehrter Bias: Wenn persönliche Überzeugungen den Blick auf Daten und Fakten verstellen

Die Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank bot viele Jahre einen Fundus an Daten, unter anderem zu Frauen in Führungspositionen. Diese erlaubten Analysen nach Firmengröße und Branche, auch über Jahre hinweg und wurden in der Vergangenheit von Journalisten großer Medien als Aufmacher genutzt. Inzwischen heißt Hoppenstedt Bisnode und der Datenriese arbeitete für die aktuelle Gender Auswertung mit dem Kompetenz-Zentrum Frauen im Management der Hochschule Osnabrück zusammen. Aus dieser Kooperation durften wir eine saubere Analyse und einen sachlichen Bericht erwarten. Auch nach mehrfachen Begutachtungen erscheint der Bericht eher als Beispiel für ideologischen Datenmissbrauch und einen durch persönliche Voreingenommenheit verstellten Blick.

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Diversity of Values: Increasing tension – more conflict – and why are all responsible

Ideologically motivated murders, heated campaigns for and against same-sex marriage and a plan to establish separate bus lines for Jews and Palestinians in the West Bank. Does it need to get any more obvious that some key Diversity topics have been neglected for too many years and now surface forcefully? We are paying a high price at the moment, and the bill is likely to increase. The sad truth behind this: We were too busy with our preferred priorities (you know, the three G’s: gender, generations, geographies) and we underestimated the power of values dramatically. It was always easy to flag these ‘private’ matters rather than confronting the issues and existing monocultures.
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