The Politics of D&I

Arin N. Reeves
September 2012

Mike* is a consultant who specializes in the areas of diversity, inclusion and talent management. He is white, straight and in his late 40s. Consulting in this area is a second career for him, and he was nervous about making the transition to this line of work because he worried that his race, gender and/or sexual orientation would make him less likely to garner credibility and success in the field of diversity and inclusion. They didn’t.

Mike is now a successful consultant and speaker. He works with organizations on diversity and inclusion in hiring, mentoring, leadership development and other areas, and he receives consistently great feedback on his work, insights and passionate commitment to make workplaces more diverse and inclusive.

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  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover