- The organization isn’t ready for change, they want to stay status quo.
- There is no leadership buy-in and DEI is not a strategic priority.
- Leadership is unwilling to look at processes (e.g. recruiting, interviewing, hiring, advancement) through a DEI Lens.
- There is a low tolerance for differences (e.g. LGBTQ+, minorities, veterans, disability, religious).
- Leadership hasn't designated a role or a council to have the authority to move DEI initiatives forward.
- Marginalized voices aren’t included in the conversation which leads to mistrust.
- Leadership has unrealistic expectations about the amount of time, money, resources and effort required to make an impact with DEI efforts to shift a culture.
- Lack of Transparency and Trust
- Lack of Support (time, resources, budget and ensuring DEI is a strategic priority)
- Lack of Action (executing performative DEI only)
- Lack of Inclusiveness (focusing on marginalized communities only versus fairness for all including white men)
- Diversity is a problem as opposed to an opportunity.
- White men aren't included in diversity.
- Diversity only favors minorities and women.
- The primary means of achieving inclusion are quotas.
- Human Resources is in charge of the equity plan.
- There are not enough qualified diverse candidates.
- DEI training solves everything.
- DEI is about lowering standards.
- Equity is the same as equality
- DEI is a one-time initiative.
- Discrimination is only about gender, race, and age.
Most of our consulting engagements are three years with one year renewals. We do engage in 6-month to one year contracts to perform a DEI assessment, audit and develop a comprehensive strategy. However, to experience real DEI change and a culture shift to diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging typically requires 3-5 years to see a major impact.
- Year 1 – DEI Assessments (Qualitative and Qualitative) and DEI Strategy Development
- Year 2 and ongoing – DEI Capacity Building (Organization-Wide DEI Training and Leadership Coaching)
- Year 3 – Processes and systems overhaul utilizing a DEI Lens
We incorporate mindset and personal development in all of our DEI work. We understand that behavior change first starts at an individual level and then transcends into the workplace.
- We focus on both pragmatic (strategic outcomes) and people (equity for all).
- We tackle difficult issues head-on (e.g. systematic inequity, white fragility, implicit bias) in a non-threatening, empathetic, nonjudgmental and inclusive way.
- Our super power is creating "brave spaces" to have uncomfortable and unpopular conversations to move the DEI needle.
- 97% of leaders and employees will willingly support DEI once they are educated about the process and have a space to address their fears around losing power and being excluded.
- We focus on personal commitment to DEI and ask the question what would you need to happen in order to support DEI?
- We have fun in everything that we do. Our consulting invigorates leaders and employees to buy in and engage in DEI work early in the process.
- We are bold, innovate, strategic, and trendsetters. We don't implement traditional approaches to DEI because we don't want traditional results.
- We provide out-of-the box experiential experiences to create emotional connections with DEI for leaders to ensure the proper support and buy-in from all levels of leadership. This ensures that all DEI initiatives are properly supported and funded.
- Assess the real reason you are doing DEI work. Is it a check-the box initiative or do you really want to create substantial change?
- Evaluate the readiness of your organization to change.
- Hire a senior DEI-leader and/or a DEI Consultant for accountability.
- Listen to hear leaders, employees, and stakeholders feedback about how you’ve broken trust around DEI.
- Create a strategy that is focused on DEI outcomes.
Initially, we will schedule a complimentary consultation to understand the current state and desired outcomes of our organization. Then, we will determine if we are a good fit for your organization. iSuccess does not engage in consulting projects that are “performative” in nature. This means your organization wants to “talk the talk”, but not “walk the walk”.
We work with clients that have a sincere commitment to implement DEI and ensure fairness for all. Additionally, we ensure that our clients have made DEI a strategic priority and have allocated the time, money, and resources required to achieve DEI success.
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