Senior leader ownership and support of a diversity management strategy is critical for optimal execution, outcome, and sustainability. It requires visible and ongoing involvement of leaders and key stakeholders, a financial commitment, sufficient allocation of resources, a strong communication strategy, and sufficient time for the plan work. It also requires an understanding that having a Strategic Diversity Management Process™ in place can lead to significant improvements in productivity, collaboration, innovation and retention of key talent, to name a few.
For those who seek to gain diversity management buy-in from senior leaders, the first step is to identify the burning platform issue that the organization is facing. Typically this is a complex issue that negatively impacts many if not all departments, and has not responded to the usual “fixes”. Resolving these types of burning platform issues requires a high level of conceptual clarity and courage. The Strategic Diversity Management Process™ is designed to foster dialogue and a deep understanding of the issues behind the issues - thus facilitating the complex decision-making that is required for successful resolution.