There’s a good chance you haven’t thought about diversity lately.
Why would you need to pay attention to diversity after all?
Unless one of your goals is to meet the needs of a diverse group of customers (or you have a personal story which connects you to a disadvantaged group) you just get on with providing products and services on an equal basis.
However there is a risk associated with not showing inspired leadership. That risk involves failing to meet the needs of different staff within organisations / industries and not paying attention to different customers / clients.
We each have a different life story. Leaders who build on the range of talent available make their team members feel engaged in producing outstanding results since their unique contribution matters.
Diversity Problems In Hollywood Echo Those In UK Television
Follow the link in the Tweet if you want to check out my LinkedIn post on the Diversity Problem within the Hollywood film industry.
A similar discussion about the exclusive nature of an industry is taking place within UK public service broadcasting circles. What role will ethnically diverse staff and others at the margins play in that future? You can contribute to the discussion at www.futureoftv.org.uk
The Risk Of Staying The Same
If the people responsible for bringing new talent into organisations only hire people like themselves they aren’t helping solve the lack of diversity issue.
Staying the same within an organisation means it is likely the range of ideas, insight and engagement available to that organisation will remain limited. Customers won’t be served with the widest selection of offers possible.
More than that. If the sector stays the same don’t be surprised if in 5 years’ time award winners, Directors, Department Heads and senior staff still do not reflect the widest pool of talent.
A Better Way Forward
It seems to me there is a better way forward for media, or other business organisations.
I think that recruiting, retaining and supporting the progress of a diverse range of creatives (staff) can only widen the rich mix of broadcast output (products and services).
A greater mix of outputs makes it easier to achieve customer satisfaction.
3 Self Help Steps Toward Greater Diversity
So, assuming diversity matters to you here are 3 self-help steps which reflect my experience of supporting the development of women and men from diverse backgrounds since the 1990s:
- Present yourself in a way which highlights your present experience and future potential (don’t get defined by other people’s view of you)
- Record your achievements regularly using testimonials, feedback and a goal setting process (ensure those achievements count towards your next step)
- Support others pursuing their professional development and seek support yourself where necessary (be determined to make the progress appropriate to your ambition)
Visit www.experienceyourlife.coachesconsole.com to download a FREE tool to help you tackle your key presentation, achievement or support goals (just fill in your contact info and press the big blue button).
Thanks for reading this post (please share it with anyone who would find it useful). Also feel free to join in the discussion on the theme of diversity here in the comment section or on Twitter @RogerD_Said
Here Are Some UK Diversity Dates For Your Diary
LGBT History Month (February)
International Women’s Day (8 March)
Black History Month (October)
International Men’s Day (19 November)
Disability History Month (22 November – 22 December)