Diversity Training, Part 1: Overview for Leadership and Management, with Jennifer Brown

In this Masterclass series, leadership consultant Jennifer Brown offers concrete strategies for turning diverse talent networks into business innovation pipelines. This two-minute excerpt from Lesson 1 previews Brown's diversity training overview for leadership and management.

Get to know the landscape

Jennifer Brown: The minority, or what is called traditionally “minority networks,” in every company are growing in stature, they’re growing more numerous, and there’s growing interest in visibility about these networks in every company. They represent a growing customer base, and when I say customer, customer can be translated to employees who are customers and also the external market that we are selling into.

So increasingly transparency is so important and the walls between the inside of a company and the market in which it does business, of course, are falling down to a certain extent. And there’s more transparency, there’s more crossing of information, and there’s more honest feedback back and forth between the internal employees and that community and that market and the external market for selling our goods and services. So why this is important to understand is that everything you do as a leader matters and is watched by groups of employees, by all employees. They’re watching to see – do you respect me, do you understand me and have you earned my buying power and my discretionary spend?

So what’s most important is that executives get their head around and educate themselves around the diversity in their organization: what are the demographics, what are the value systems and the motivators for different kinds of talent? Which are often not reflective of the executive experience given the lack of diversity in the executive level. And really understanding how to galvanize this community that’s tremendously powerful but also powerful in terms of not buying in to what you’re selling.


 

 

In this Masterclass series, leadership consultant Jennifer Brown offers concrete strategies for turning diverse talent networks into business innovation pipelines. This two-minute excerpt from Lesson 1 previews Brown's diversity training overview for leadership and management. The full clip is available on Big Think Edge.

Study: 50% of people pursuing science careers in academia will drop out after 5 years

That's a sharp increase from the 1960s when it took the same share of scientists an average of 35 years to drop out of academia.

Pixabay
Surprising Science
  • The study tracked the careers of more than 100,000 scientists over 50 years.
  • The results showed career lifespans are shrinking, and fewer scientists are getting credited as the lead author on scientific papers.
  • Scientists are still pursuing careers in the private sector, however there are key differences between research conducted in academia and industry.
Keep reading Show less

Why being busy is a modern sickness

We have to practice doing nothing more often.

Photo: Shutterstock
Personal Growth
  • Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining.
  • In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you're doing a disservice to others by always being busy.
  • Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts.
Keep reading Show less

New ‘microneedle patch’ could help heart attack patients regrow tissue

The bold technique involves surgically implanting a so-called microneedle patch directly onto the heart.

Red human heart against a yellow background (Getty Images)
Surprising Science
  • Heart attacks leave scar tissue on the heart, which can reduce the organ's ability to pump blood throughout the body.
  • The microneedle patch aims to deliver therapeutic cells directly to the damaged tissue.
  • It hasn't been tested on humans yet, but the method has shown promising signs in research on animals.
Keep reading Show less