Weekend Reading: May 2018

Weekend Reading: May 2018

Happy Friday! We’ve compiled our favorite articles and essays from the last month for you to browse and enjoy over Memorial Day weekend.

Most conversations about diversity & inclusion lump the two concepts together – so much so that they become indistinguishable. A recent piece from Big Think, part of a series on D&I sponsored by Amway, stresses the importance of identifying and verbalizing the difference between the two:

“In the workplace, [diversity is] about giving equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of the social groups they belong to. ‘It’s easy to measure diversity: It’s a simple matter of headcount,’ say Laura Sherbin and Ripa Rashid in their article in Harvard Business Review.

Being part of a company is one thing but inclusiveness is about being given a genuine role in the business through an environment that welcomes and values your input.

While companies need to be concerned with both diversity and inclusion, the principal responsibilities for achieving each lie in two different departments, and must ultimately be addressed separately. Diversity occurs during hiring. Inclusion involves maintaining a professional and productive atmosphere where all employees feel like a valuable part of an organization.”

On our own blog, we’ve touched upon the idea of inclusion as its own distinct entity: “an ecology of mutual respect” as well as a mechanism for leveraging the unique contributions each person has to offer.

Elsewhere on the Internet

In Behavioral Scientist magazine, Tenelle Porter argues that intellectual humility – the belief that we don’t know everything – is critical to “discovery, learning and progress” in the workplace.

Co-authors David J. Skorton and Jane Chu, with respective backgrounds in “medicine and the arts,” encourage the integration of STEM disciplines and the humanities for USA Today.

The number of female CEOs has fallen by 25% in the last year; the New York Times explores the unique challenges and biases that still hinder women from moving up in the workforce.

Why do ancient stories like the Epic of Gilgamesh still resonate with us today? In BBC Culture, David Robson delves into the new evolutionary theory examining our societal preoccupation with stories.

Our programs with veterans at the VA Domiciliary in Cleveland were featured in Freshwater Cleveland. The veterans “all draw from abundant life experience, which results in some revealing insights,” writes Christopher Johnston.

Image: Mario Ballocco, Reticolo nero diversi blu rosso verso destra, 1948, [Fair Use] via WikiArt.org

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Maredith Sheridan

Maredith Sheridan

Maredith Sheridan is a Development Communications Associate at the Cleveland Orchestra and a part-time member of the Books@Work team. She continues to write posts for our blog.