Episode 155: 8th April 2021

Diversity and Inclusion in The Workplace, The Courage To Be Disliked and L.K. Bennett

In the same way that Mental Health and Wellbeing has climbed up the list of priorities in recent times the same is true of Diversity and Inclusion and thank goodness say we. This week we take a look at the subject and the importance it plays in the workplace and in the wider society. Tracy watched a selection of 4 TED Talks on the subject and Heather did some research into the legalities around the subject and what we need to be aware of and you can find the definitive here at the ACAS website. A slightly different tack is that taken in Psychology Today which draws parallels between diversity in nature and the evolution of the society we live in. We also mentioned a Harvard questionnaire which you might be interested in completing to understand whether you have any unconscious bias.

For our review this week we travel to the other side of the world to a country where the cultural and social differences are celebrated and enjoyed by westerners. Japanese authors Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga penned a worldwide bestseller The Courage To Be Disliked – How To Free Yourself, Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness. The book takes the format a dialogue between a youth and aged philosopher and we are taken on a journey of reflection and enlightenment.

Finally our profile is of a lady who is very difficult to shed any light on. We profile trainer cordwainer and founder of high street retail chain L K Bennett,  Linda Bennett who sold her majority shareholding at what some might call ‘just the right time’ and she isn’t the first to have done this. The LK Bennett shops are closed and an online presence is still remaining although Companies House seems to suggest the administrators are running the business.

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