Sometimes, we put on blinders. Because of the way we live, we think we’re fine — that we don’t have a problem with women, people of color, or members of the LGBTQIA community. We think of ourselves as nice people just going to work and doing our jobs — just like Todd, a department manager I once coached.
In fact, I’ve coached many managers and leaders who feel diversity and inclusion (D&I) has no bearing on their office culture or their organization’s ability to innovate and succeed. As such, they pay little, if any, attention to D&I when hiring and developing company policies and procedures.