Going Deep on Diversity & Inclusion

Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, and media personality who runs UYD Management – a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As someone who has lived on 4 continents, he is an authority in communicating effectively across cultures. In addition to that, he’s been named a “Top 40 Millennial Influencer” by New Theory magazine. He hosts the popular As Told By Nomads podcast and his book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference which is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world is scheduled to come out on September 4, 2019.

Some questions I ask:

  • Where can leaders start when it comes to improving diversity and inclusion in their organizations?
  • How can companies start to take the values on the wall and actually put them into action?
  • What even is a diversity council?
  • What is out there that can help with diversity hiring? What are the best practices?
  • How do we go about truly including & listening to one another… avoiding the “check off the box” approach to diversity?
  • What should leaders be looking out for when hiring and therefore including people from other countries?
  • How do we open up for discussion a problem with D&I? How do we call people out in a nice way?
  • What are the biggest takeaways from [Tayo’s] new book for leaders?

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • How to start by checking your biases as a leader and clarifying values for your company in order to make headway in building a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Building out a grading system for living out your values… what is good, great and bad!
  • How to set up a highly effective diversity council for your business
  • How important it is to run after people’s fear of being fired for speaking up.
  • Ways for people to bring their cultures into the workplace to allow others to further understand where their colleagues come from.
  • What are micro-aggressions and how do they arise in the workplace… and why they need to be challenged! Examples include assumptions about someone who’s from another country speaking with a clear english accent or having a dress-code that may be difficult for people with varying body types.
  • The key to finding allies in the workplace who can support you as you speak up or bring diversity matters to the surface.
  • Best way to connect cross culturally are 1) educate, 2) don’t perpetuate and 3) communicate.
  • A mini-education in cultural intelligence (CQ)!

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