Most organisations get stuck on the first question- what is thought diversity? Ms Patsy Doerr in Thomson Reuters describes diversity of thought, in broad general terms of style, experience and approach as well as traditional identifiers such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Diversity matters because it delivers tangible positive benefits to all areas of the organisation including social corporate responsibility, the environment and communities it serves, employee recruitment and development, brand loyalty, client engagement and more. Recruiting the best and diverse talent drives innovation.
Whereas most organisations struggle to articulate the relationship between thought diversity and equality and diversity, Patsy argues that it is part of the journey but not the whole journey. This is not about positive discrimination or tokenistic representation but a sense of consciously and systematically pushing organisations to acknowledge the full breadth of its talent, allowing staff to thrive and perform better. A refreshing insight and must read for thought diversity followers.