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The glass ceiling effect: What’s holding women back? – The Express Tribune

The glass ceiling effect: What’s holding women back? – The Express Tribune | Diversity and Inclusion | Scoop.it
Ms.T enters the corpor­ate world to examin­e the bigges­t barrie­r holdin­g women back and what they can do to get past it.
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Glass Ceiling effect in Pakistan where 19% of Parliamentarian are women but 4.6% are in C-suite.

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How diversity actually makes us smarter

How diversity actually makes us smarter | Diversity and Inclusion | Scoop.it
Successful navigation requires extra thought, and more brainpower.

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Mona Dutta's curator insight, August 5, 2014 7:47 AM

The author gives a compelling argument for why and how diversity makes us smarter. He says that in more homogeneous societies, towns, states and countries, in places where the overwhelming majority of residents share a common background, people are more likely to maintain an unspoken consensus about the meaning of institutions and practices. That consensus is enforced “through sayings and jokes, in ways of speaking and moving, and in subtle facial expressions that betray surprise or recognition.” In other words, the way things are is so self-evident that they don’t require a second thought. Diversity, however, requires second thoughts. When the consensus is challenged in a homogenous place by the presence of new people, such as immigrants, things get interesting. The familiar signs and symbols that undergird our implicit understanding of the world can change in meaning. The presence of conflicting worldviews causes confusion, uncertainty, and alienation for holdovers and newcomers alike. It forces newcomers into the existential dilemma of having to “determine how to act in these new circumstances by reference not simply to a dominant ‘host’ culture but to a dozen competing subcultures, all of which were in the process of adjustment.” Diversity and continuous migration make it difficult to forge a long-lived unspoken cultural consensus. In its absence, people must articulate their positions in as straightforward and assertive a way as possible to avoid misinterpretation. People in diverse groups “are more likely to step outside their own perspective and less likely to instinctively impute their own knowledge onto others” than people in homogeneous groups. So it should follow that operating in a diverse environment makes you smarter. It requires us to tax our brains by questioning our worldviews, our beliefs and our institutions.

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Are Companies Ready for the New Global Executive?

Are Companies Ready for the New Global Executive? | Diversity and Inclusion | Scoop.it

 In a 2012 survey, 197 human resource executives from global companies said they believe that top leadership groups in the future will have people with greater diversity of experience and “thought styles,” such as making decisions based on analytical analysis rather than gut instinct. They see this kind of diversity as being more prominent than diversity of age, nationality or gender..write in “Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders” in the Fall 2013 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review. They note three things to consider, however, about this future vision

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Diverse groups often have more disagreements than homogeneous groups about group processes. That can lead to inertia and endless debates about how to get things done — which can be a recipe for dysfunction. A lot needs to be done for making companies ready to embrace this aspect.

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This Looks Like A Normal Restaurant, Until You Realize The Bizarre Truth

This Looks Like A Normal Restaurant, Until You Realize The Bizarre Truth | Diversity and Inclusion | Scoop.it
This is truly amazing! 
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Empathy is all we need to be there. 

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The illusion of inclusion: Tanvi Gautam at TEDxSingaporeWomen 2013 - YouTube

Tanvi is the Founder of Global People Tree, an international firm helping organizations adopt innovative talent management practices. She is a passionate sto...

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Given a new perspective to the idea of inclusion which is not only to imitate the "NORMAL" and fit in their world but is a two way approach wherein you may like to invite them as well in your world. It is personal not statistical. 

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Mona Dutta's curator insight, August 6, 2014 6:16 AM

In this TEDx talk Tanvi Gautam, Founder of Global People Tree and a passionate story teller, shares tenderly, vulnerably, a story of caring and love about the shift from the illusion of inclusion to the reality of inclusion. The Illusion of inclusion is that you have to be just like everybody else to fit in, when real inclusion is when you are accepted for who you are and for who you will never be. Today largely organizations and D & I consultants follow the left brain approach to inclusion - charts and graphs and statistitics on how important inclusion is, ROI and ROE on why we need more women in boards and minorities in leadership positions. There is nothing personal or relatable about a 3000 data point study on inclusion but there is everything relatable about that one story of the person who does not have a voice because he was born the wrong colour. Organizations think they can hide behind sharing numbers and statistics and that sharing stories makes them lose credibility, when the truth is that sharing our stories moves us to action. It has to be personal first, before it becomes policy and practice. Inclusion comes from embracing our authentic story, and Tanvi beautifully illustrates this in her TEDx talk.

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Facebook Moves Beyond Gender Binary. Adds Gender Neutral Pronouns.

Facebook Moves Beyond Gender Binary. Adds Gender Neutral Pronouns. | Diversity and Inclusion | Scoop.it
Giving space to the diversity that exists in the gender spectrum, Facebook now allows users to choose custom gender identities beyond the male and female gender binary

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Good Initiative aim for inclusion and acceptance of GLBT via largest social networking portal.

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