At Benton + Bradford Consulting, understanding what is required to be a successful leader is an essential aspect of the work we do with our clients. Our managing partner Richard A. Smith, a Black entrepreneur, executive coach and HR consultant,
As we’ve seen through multiple studies and in many articles, diversity training alone isn’t enough. What happens outside ofa training module, a workshop or a dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equity? What are managers imparting to their team members about
Is tension always bad? We tend to think so. But healthy tension can be productive, allowing for conflict and its resolution, challenges and their solutions.
Diversity creates healthy tension when it’s managed and supported appropriately allowing for ideas to be shared
Every employee has, at some point, sat through a lecture sponsored by his, her or their company. Usually, a speaker of note is engaged to bring awareness to how diversity can help the company achieve its goals and look like
The diversity dialogue has changed.
Historically underrepresented groups have spoken up about lack of support, or worse, in corporate settings for decades. Was anyone listening as closely as they are now?
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and
Currently, the economy is strong but many companies are faced with how to “do more with less” in an environment that is fraught with peril, increasing complexity and globalization. Recently, I have seen a renewed focused on Diversity and Inclusion
If Lebron James (Basketball), Dustin Johnson (Golf), Tom Brady (Football), Serena Williams (Tennis) and Derek Jeter (baseball) need coaches to give them honest and candid feedback on their performance then we all need feedback on our work performance. We can’t
Lack of a change management approach for diversity and inclusion efforts
Many times, the company just wants to “do something” by “training people” when the case for a diverse and inclusive environment has not been made or adopted by the culture.
Diversity and Inclusion efforts are focused on a group of people instead of all employees
I left this one for last because I feel that often the discussion of D&I is focused on the “out” group. The “out” group are demographically