2020 has shaken the world of business to its very core, and in more ways than one. But whilst many would be quick to call this ‘change’, perhaps ‘progress’ or ‘evolution’ are better terms. As is the case in all walks of life, the turmoil has served a stark reminder of some fundamentally important values.
The coronavirus pandemic, for all the devastation it has wreaked, has taught us that modern organisations must be flexible and agile, and that health and wellbeing are not to be taken for granted among workforces. Equally, with the public outcry and support for activist groups that we’ve witnessed in recent months, we are reminded that diversity and inclusion, and the pursuit of a better, fairer society, should lie at the heart of any modern organisation’s mission.
But this is just scratching the surface. This is a discourse that can and will continue to span multiple generations, and one that warrants careful, measured analysis.
Fortunately, one such discussion will be taking place in the very near future. Matthew Syed, writer, journalist, and HRD Thought Leader, and Manoj Badale, Co-founder, Blenheim Chalcot, will be live in conversation on 16 July 2020, from 09:30 EST /14:30 BST.
Brought to you by Hive Learning and Matthew Syed Consulting, join two of the brightest minds in business, sport, and high performance, to pool insights on how organisations can break down systemic barriers and create the conditions for diverse teams to thrive.
Diversity is not new to the C-suite agenda. Progressive organisations have long known their role in tackling societal and systemic inequalities, and the power of diverse perspectives to create robust and innovative businesses.
But it’s clear that progress to-date has been slow, and organizations must do more to level the playing field. One truth remains — only by changing our systems, processes, and everyday habits will we truly create a more equitable world.
But while public statements of support and donations send powerful messages, it is only by changing our systems, processes, and everyday habits that we will truly level the playing field.
What to expect