Trevor Wilson is a dynamic speaker, a Human Equity™ strategist to international business and the author of Diversity at Work: The Business Case for Equity. Trevor started his career in the public sector advising the Premier of Canada's largest province on issues of multiculturalism, race relations, employment equity, affirmative action, and human rights. He now runs one of North America's leading consulting practices on issues of equity in the workplace. The firm's clients include some of North America's most progressive, global employers including, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Nike, Bank of Nova Scotia, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Seagate Technology. He will publish the book The Human Equity Advantage in early 2013.
I was standing at an intersection. I glanced over at the post on the corner to be greeted by a flyer entitled "Hey White People." It was an invitation to join the "alt-right" white supremacist movement for those "sick of being blamed for all the world's problems caused by minority groups and immigrants." What had changed?
What you may ask is diversity fatigue? It is the Herculian effort required by diversity practitioners to keep the momentum going through the toughest economic crisis since the depression. It is maintaining the gains with front-line managers (the so-called frozen middle) who ask "when will this diversity thing end? Have we not handled it by now?"
The most recent adventures with our not-so-tiny, not-so-perfect Mayor in Toronto has got me thinking about those ancient but elusive leadership qualities such as character and virtue. Over 5000 years...
About a decade ago my first son Alex was struggling with one of the many things 16-year-olds struggle with. As a good Dad I gave him the old "you can do anything -- anything is possible" pep talk hoping to encourage him to overcome whatever obstacle he thought was stopping him. Not too long after this interaction he asked me, in an unrelated conversation, if I ever thought we would see a black U.S. president.