Our Insights

Diversity versus Meritocracy: an unhelpful (harmful?) narrative

In line with the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) guidelines, organisations are reporting that merit is a priority when it comes to appointments. Noteworthy, however, is where and how the language of merit as a priority is being positioned in Annual Reports.

A glossary of racial terms as defined by Delta Alpha Psi

At Delta Alpha Psi we are often asked for concise definitions that underpins the language we use when talking about race. Read here to find out more

Anti-racism stays on the agenda: Ethnicity pay gap reporting

According to 2019 data from the Bank of England, people from ethnic minority backgrounds earn about 10% less in the UK than their white counterparts. Those from ethnic minorities also find it harder to achieve senior positions – only 1.5% of leadership positions in the UK are held by black people, for instance.

In this video, our Director Dr Doyin Atewologun participates in a webinar run by the The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) about the need for transparent ethnicity pay gap reporting and discusses other public policy changes that could make a difference to racial equality at work.

Visibility in the virtual workplace

Managing our visibility is a challenge that all professionals face and if you grappled with visibility in the workplace before Covid-19, it is possible that the challenge is even greater in the current context of remote working. Unsurprisingly, recent research indicates that during ‘lockdown’ we are interacting with a narrower group of people than before. Although some people find it easier to overcome some of the social barriers of remote working, true visibility requires more than a well-delivered virtual presentation or making an impactful contribution when our turn comes up; it is about how we engage with our networks.

An Inclusive Executive Coaching Framework

As executive coaches we have struggled to persuade many colleagues to actively incorporate approaches that recognise, integrate and leverage ethnic, racial and cultural differences in their coaching approach. In light of the recent race relations incidents in America and the impact of COVID-19 on minority ethnic communities, it’s time to talk about race at work. In this moment of collective reflection with a global focus on positive social change, Delta Alpha Psi, as Leadership & Inclusion experts, offer a framework for inclusive executive coaching. The framework builds on our practical experience and academic research on bias, intersectionality, race fluency, among others.

How to be an upstanding, anti-racist and proactive Ally

As evidence-based leadership and inclusion consultants, Delta Alpha Psi, has received many questions from clients and partners about how they can respond meaningfully, following the widespread increased attention to structural racism associated with the protests around the US, here in the UK, and across the world. Many white professionals and business leaders are expressing shock and uncertainty about how to respond, asking, what can we do now?

Enabling leadership through difference in a global World

With the current global pandemic, ‘change’ has never felt so constant. Whilst leading this change process for Delta and its clients, our Director, Dr Doyin Atewologun, has also been preparing to undertake an exciting new opportunity. As of June 2020, Doyin will swap her academic hats, leaving as Director of the Gender,Leadership & Inclusion Centre at Cranfield School of Management to start as Dean of Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford!

Why target your leadership programmes?

With the sudden shift in working arrangements caused by the global pandemic, in-house professionals and employee networks have found themselves asking “what now?” for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Without action, there is a risk of D&I set-back. However, action without the evidence risks wasted resources and potentially detrimental effects. The current change in working arrangements provides the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on your organisation’s current D&I initiatives – what works and what isn’t working?

Race fluency

In this article, we discuss the complexity of language when talking about ‘race’, present the history and implications of using some of the most familiar terms, and provide practical suggestions for future use while acknowledging more work needs to be done before we can decide on what the ‘right’ race terminology should be.

Covid-19: an opportunity to transform cultures?

In this video, our Director Dr Doyin Atewologun participates in a webinar run by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about the potentially transformational role of leadership in financial services. Although it took place in May 2019, the current Covid-19 situation offers us unique opportunities to think about leaders’ roles in culture transformation so the discussion in the webinar feels as relevant as ever.