…s exit from the company, our population dipped by, like, 17%. (You do the math. It’s not all good.) That’s one fewer person to understand the weird lived experience of being Black in corporate America, to represent a common perspective, to understand the same cultural references, to speak a similar language. For me, the feeling of being left behind rubs up against an urge to take up a little more space.
The Only Black Guy In the Office
Excellent article - you expand on the need of acknowledging and accepting diversity as a fulcrum of our world.
Really zesty, passionate, succinct writing with actionable takeaways.
I've written an article titled "You Don't Know What You Don't Know" based on learnings from Matthew Syed's "Rebel Ideas" which focuses on the question of how we form groups with people who look, talk and think like us.
I think it's the perfect companion piece for your wonderful writing because a culture of diversity is vital to ensure optimal growth. Diversity is viewed as a politically correct, moral and social cause that comes at the cost of performance. This is a false equivalence. It is the fundamental fabric of our existence, innovation, business, motivation and politics. And not purely demographic diversity but cognitive diersity, should be the driving force.
Do let me know what you think as I'd appreciate your feedback!