History and structural changes are inviting us to undergo a profound paradigm shift. It’s an opportunity, but also a time of chaos and anxiety as we face unprecedented challenges related to who we are and how we do things.
In the U.S., it’s showing up in the rapid rise of the Latino population in numbers and economic strength. It’s in the way women are outnumbering men in universities and moving into more positions of leadership in a growing number of spheres. It’s in the maturation of Generation Y — the largest generation ever — and their unique approach to teamwork, their technological savvy and their values about work, race, class, marriage and the environment. It’s in the sea change in attitudes toward LGBTQI people — a majority now support same-sex marriage.
And that’s not all. This new world is glocal — the global is in everyone’s backyards, and effective work requires better connection and awareness of our individual and collective impact on people we may never meet in person.
And there is a dark side. The number of active hate groups in the U.S. has increased by 69 percent, to more than 1,000, since 2000, particularly since President Obama took office in 2009. The gap between rich and poor is the largest it has ever been in the U.S. Decent education and health care is out of reach for a growing number of Americans. And the U.S. no longer dominates the world in every sphere, and is in fact lagging behind even developing countries when it comes to health, productivity and general well-being.
The future belongs to those who act on the research showing that diversity is necessary for obtaining the best results possible, whatever those might be — including profits. The future belongs to those who remember that diversity is not an end, but a means, because inclusiveness and equity are required for everyone to thrive.
Join me in this ongoing conversation about diversity, equity and inclusiveness, where I will be blogging about the global workforce — the big picture, the big questions and deeper aspects of the old questions. I’d love to hear from you, so send me questions or feedback as we move forward.
Are you ready?