All posts tagged: diversity management

Book Cover of Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed

Book Review: Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed

Some books leave a mark when you read them, and I genuinely believe this is one of them. In this book, Matthew Syed is able to thoroughly revert a big part of Diversity Thinking moving away from being “a politically correct distraction, an issue of morality and social justice” and transforming it in a central notion for performance and Innovation. Not just in teams and organisations, but for the entire humankind. The book title: Rebel Ideas have immediately attracted me. Since the appearance of Gary Hamel’s book Leading the Revolution, I’ve found a way to reconcile my “rebel mindset” with the work within a large corporation. This book has given me once more a confirmation that I’m on the right path! Through compelling prose, well-sustained scientific research and many examples of really appropriate storytelling, the books examine how Diversity adds value in all of the human contexts, and especially in organisations. The way it demolishes the perception of “individual intelligence” and instead builds that of “collective intelligence” is staggering, and somewhat unsettling. The book moves by examining the concept of homophily, the …

Wonder Woman?

Today’s is Women’s Day. A day to reflect on the differences still existing between men and women all around the world. Sometime I hear that such a day should be “useless”, as real equality has been achieved. An assertion that is really far from reality, and not only because of less developed countries, but also because it is exactly in the Western world that this “equality” has not been achieved. It’ easy to see in the infographic put together by the European Parliament. Average salary of women is still 1/3 lower than that of men, and the percentage of female CEOs ( 2,4%) is a key demonstration of the still existing difference among gender. In a period of crisis like the present one, an argument that often is put forward is that “equality” is expensive. According to this theory men are simply more productive at this point, and that is why even if advancements have been made in the 90’s, today in many countries there’s a step back. But this is severely wrong. Because evidence demonstrates that …