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Taking Diversity Initiatives to the Next Level?

Year on year diversity professionals work relentlessly spending many hours and dollars but not always do they achieve what they set out to. Why is this happening? Are your employees, entry level to senior management, anti-diversity? Or is it that you are trying to fix Part A of the machinery when it is Part B that is causing trouble?

Most diversity and inclusion initiatives either operate at the level of policy change or sensitization interventions. Both are equally important and critical, but it’s only half the job done. Policies and guidelines give you a boundary to ensure better practices, but within that boundary, there is ample scope for not doing what is required. Sensitization programs focus on appealing to the heart. An impactful sensitization intervention can make people understand how grave the issue of diversity and inclusion is and it can move people emotionally, making them want to do the right thing. And that is great, awareness and sensitization are indispensable. But the everyday decisions your managers (men and women) take, decisions which impact diversity and inclusion at the workplace are rarely affected by emotions.

I have been facilitating training workshops for over a decade now. I have facilitated many week-long retreats and designed and conducted hundreds of two-day and one-day training programs. However, what I enjoy facilitating the most, and find the most effective for employee skill development, is the micro-workshop format.

We have all spotted these ‘Landmines’ while conducting Training Needs Analysis discussions with Business Managers.

Here is my list of the most dreaded TNA Landmines and what I say during the discussion to dodge them.

The “What I say” section in the article offers practical advice on how can you steer the learning needs analysis discussion to keep the focus on uncovering critical business needs.

We live in an increasingly fragmented world. Several tasks, priorities and relationships vie for our attention at the same time.

Experts know how to focus their energy singularly – think of a cricket batsman who walks into a tricky situation in the game with a stadium full of cheering fans or a tennis player serving to save the set and the match.

All this week, we will discuss the subject of deep focus and how it can lead to dramatic improvement in performance and lead to increased satisfaction at work and in life.