Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Lending privilege' is the way to diversify the workplace, says technologist - HR DIVE

by Valerie Bolden-Barrett
Originally published: May 8 , 2017
Publisher: HRdive.com 

Dive Brief:

  • A former Accenture and Deloitte technologist says that workplaces can build a more inclusive environment on their own rather than waiting on a mandate from the C-Suite, Fortune reports.
  • Anjuan Simmons, now an entrepreneur, said that everyday employees with power and privilege — traits they are likely to share with people like themselves — can adopt leadership behaviors that help them notice and lend their privilege to those without it. Simmons said diversity occurs when people demand it.
  • During a presentation at GitHub Universe 2016, Simmons outlined three forms of privilege lending: Credibility lending, Access lending and Expertise lending. “The person with the privilege has to know they have it and notice when someone else doesn’t,” he said.