The case for diversity and inclusion is simple: you get better project results. But delivering diversity and inclusion is a challenge. You need to be very deliberate in making them happen.
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Welcoming people of the widest possible range of types and origins, available in your society. We usually think in terms of:
Creating a diverse team means recruiting people onto your team for what they can contribute… And not excluding them because of what maybe they cannot.
Doing everything you can to make it equally easy for any person to contribute to and benefit from the work environment. Value the differences and make them welcome. So, in short, everyone should be able to feel an equal part of your team. And this must therefore start from a culture and environment of respect.
Creating an inclusive environment takes real effort. It may mean making allowances that cater for the needs of just one person. But, when you do, that can free up their attention to give their very best to your team.
The first thing you need to think about is bias. And that can be conscious discrimination, but it can also be unconscious bias. We need to:
And there are essential steps you, as Project Leader can take to lead on supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusion on your projects:
And you can support this with practical everyday practices like:
There are also a number of logistical and environmental conditions that support diversity and inclusion. You may not have control of these, but you can advocate for:
I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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