You may remember the call and response of last summer concerning creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities.  Many organizations, perhaps yours, asserted commitment to the cause.  Some made meaningful progress.  Others, not so much. 

The Gallup organization says to create and sustain progress in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion space, or DEI, leaders need a solid strategy that includes an aspirational vision, and the right metrics and processes.  Their recommended actions include:

  • First, assess your organization’s current state regarding DEI.  Then establish practical priorities specific to your vision and goals.  
  • Next, set up structures, processes and resources to facilitate effective implementation of the strategy and plan.
  • Ensure leaders embody commitment, and cascade expectations and accountability for sustaining forward momentum.