Rewire A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity and Difference

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-12-03
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Information Ltd
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Rewire: A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity and Difference takes a fresh look at the issue of equality, diversity and inclusion at work. It critiques the current thinking and practices that are responsible for slow progress in this area, while providing readers with a new, holistic and tactical perspective that leverages what we know about influencing and changing people's mind-sets.

The issue of difference sits at the core of many of the world's crises. Large corporations are a microcosm of the globalized world we inhabit, and hold significant power in shaping our societies and ideas.

Despite decades of work in diversity and inclusion, little progress has been made because current approaches focus on specific contexts, short-term results and commercial returns, rather than taking into account what we know about human behaviour and addressing the social and economic cultures in which we operate. This book argues that in order to achieve sustainable positive change, we need to focus on how to create a culture of openness, empathy and inclusion which in turn enables corporate strategy and drives innovation.

The authors, who have worked in a number of leading organizations, including American Express, Caterpillar, HSBC, Towers Watson and the National Health Service, put forward a new approach, based on years of experience of achieving both individual and organizational change. They present:

A causal map, which describes a wide range of social, biological, psychological, evolutionary and organizational factors that influence how we think and operate.

A unique step-by-step approach to rewiring our fundamental psychological processes and creating change at an individual, organizational and cultural level.

This book offers corporate executives and social leaders a fresh perspective on diversity and difference, along with the tools to create more inclusive, effective and innovative environments.

Author Biography

Chris Yates is the Chief Learning Officer and Head of People and Organisational Development for Caterpillar Inc. He is Founder and MD of Ethical Organisational Design. Previously, he worked as Group Head of Organisational Development for the HSBC Group, and Vice President for Organisational Capability & Talent at American Express Group of Companies. He specializes in organizational design, leadership development, articulation of competitive culture, and the management of significant change initiatives.

Pooja Sachdev worked as a consultant Organisational Development Specialist for the HSBC Group, Towers Watson and at Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), and was appointed Senior Policy Officer at the Commission for Racial Equality. She has worked with Channel 4, London Borough of Newham, the Department for Trade and Industry and Royal Mail. She specializes in unconscious bias, gender in the workplace, culture, work life balance, employee engagement and wellbeing.

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