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The opportunity cycle

Here at Delta, we’ve been delighted to see the positive response to the Bank of England’s recently published Court review of ethnic diversity and inclusion. With candid analysis, clear recommendations and a strong commitment to change, the report presents a very helpful approach for improving representation and equity in the financial sector. Our Director, Dr. […]

The global challenge around Race and Ethnicity for senior leaders

At the end of many of our Race Fluency and Allyship workshops and Delta Circle© sessions, we’re often told by business leaders of African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, and Pacific regions that concerns about race and ethnicity are not as relevant in their jurisdictions as they are in the US and the UK. This tells […]

Advancing racial equity

Over a year after the world witnessed George Floyd’s murder and the resurgence of BLM, organisations are facing mounting pressure to take action on race and ethnic equality in the workplace. In the UK, the urgent need for change has been recognised by organisations such as The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority, […]

Addressing Race at Work by The Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)

What are the practical steps employers can take to tackle inequality and racial bias in the workplace? In this video our Director, Dr Doyin Atewologun joined a panel of experts to delve into this topic in a brilliant webinar by The Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED).

Responding to questions raised by the Government’s Race Report

On April 1 2021, the government published its controversial report on Race and Ethnic Disparities in the UK. Since then, many of you have asked us for our response to the report, as well as for support in applying the report’s findings to your plans for creating racially inclusive cultures in the workplace. Below, you’ll […]

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.

How HR professionals can disrupt systemic racism at work

Although the prevalence of racial bias and inequality in the workplace is now widely recognised, it remains a pressing issue. The roots of workplace racial bias and inequality are seeded within the much larger problem of systemic racism.

The value of lived experience research in tackling systemic racism

Recent global events have spotlighted the racial inequalities that persist in our societies and institutions. Emerging research shows that people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are more likely to die of COVID-19 than White people, and racial biases have contributed to this.

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?

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.

The dangers of knee-jerk D&I decisions

Most business consultants would suggest that environments of uncertainty and anxiety are not the best time to make knee-jerk D&I or HR decisions. Doyin explored this issue in an article published in 2017 but with all the recent changes and challenges that businesses are currently facing under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, it speaks loudly to our current context.

Intersectionality

COVID-19 is more than a pandemic; it is a revealer of many inequalities and biases inherent in our daily lives. Our Director, Dr Doyin Atewologun, is working with colleagues in the NHS to help leaders and managers understand the psychological impact of working on the frontline for our NHS, particularly the implications for diversity. We welcome the investigation into the COVID-19 deaths of BAME doctors that is happening alongside broader investigations on the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community.

Bias: actions and reactions in an uncertain world

What do you do when you don’t have all of the information that you need to make a decision? Many of us would like to think that we consciously search for information to fill in the blanks before settling on an answer. In reality, this isn’t the case: instead, we are much more likely to subconsciously (and, critically, sometimes incorrectly) fill in the gaps because we often don’t even see the gaps in our knowledge in the first place (bias blind spot).

Diversity and Merit are not opposites

Dr Doyin Atewologun, the Director of Delta Alpha Psi, was recently invited to appear on BBC News to discuss the latest edition of The Parker Report – the government-backed review of the underrepresentation of BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) employees on FTSE 100 company boards.

Intersectionality Theory and Practice

Do you “think intersectionally” in your D & I strategy? Dr Doyin Atewologun’s article “Intersectionality Theory and Practice” was the fifth most popular article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management in 2019. Check it out here and drop us an email if you want to discuss what this means, practically, for your […]

Inclusive Leaders:

In a world where theories of leadership abound, how do you know which approaches or styles of leadership work for your organisation? Many explanations of leadership claim to be distinct, describing different theories, but actually overlap.