Be careful of box ticking and labelling – map out the skills required in your team and go find the people who fill those skill sets and strengths required
Be careful of the language you use in your head, in conversation with others and in your communication internally – that it is not including to the point of excluding others
If we look at the dictionary meaning again of the word, it actually means variety of opinions, views, cultures, genders, etc….VARIETY is the key
Focus on the variety, skill set, experience, and value – the diversity will happen.
When diversity happens or you step into a new environment buzzing with it, be sure to check your own unconscious bias often because diversity can mean different and different can be uncomfortable at least in the interim.
Remember as humans we gravitate towards comfort, the familiar, what we know. Regardless of whether that is providing good outcomes or not. When embracing diversity it can push us right out of our comfort zones, but what I do know is this, outside your comfort zone is where the magic and the growth happens for you individually but also for others.
Jen Tyson and Rosemary (Rosie ) Killip