By now, most of us will have seen Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes. What a way to start 2018, as she reminded us that our truth is the most powerful tool we all have. At Voice At The Table, where our focus in on all things Diversity and Inclusion, we’ve been talking about what this means to us in the workplace – and we think it’s all about respect, for ourselves and for others. It means having the courage to stand up for ourselves, and what we believe in. Really living our values.
Carrie Gracie’s decision to resign as BBC’s China editor is a great example of this. Despite being offered a £45,000 payrise, she just wasn’t willing to collude with a policy of ‘unlawful pay discrimination’. Hats off to her.
When’s the last time you spoke ‘your truth’?
In our last Voice Circles of the year, Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte UK, talked about their Inclusion journey and the decision to focus on respect for others and on the value they can bring. Deloitte produced this inspirational video, challenging us all to question our assumptions and look beyond our biases. It’s our personal responsibility to treat others with respect.
So our word for 2018 is RESPECT and we’ll be working hard to help our individual and corporate clients challenge themselves and others to appreciate and celebrate the contribution we all make and to respect one another, no matter how different.