Welcome to the second installment of my series for “Modern Mentor,” a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace. In this post, I’ll explain why we should avoid the kind of diversity that slices and dices individuals into bite-sized identities, as if human beings are morsels meant to be easily digested.
Before all else, though, some background. Recently, “Modern Mentor” invited me to address several dilemmas that professionals find ourselves in when we try to practice diversity without being divisive. Cool. Except… I’d have to tackle each dilemma in less than 90 seconds because, you know, who’s got two minutes to learn something new these days? Oy.
If you haven’t already checked out my answer to Diversity Dilemma #1, please do. For now, here’s Diversity Dilemma #2: How do we invite ideas and opinions from different groups without making anybody feel like a token, or mascot, for their group?
If you can possibly spare 70 seconds — big “if,” I know! — listen to my answer below.