I know that we English tend to obsess about the weather, but please indulge me for a moment.
The terrible summer we’ve had in the UK got me thinking this week about rain – and about acid rain, in particular.
Acid rain is a term coined in 1872 by Robert Angus Smith but came into popular use in the 1980’s as the broader population began to understand the damage it can do and the gradual impact it has. The harm it causes is incremental and cumulative. Take a look around any of the world’s cities and you will see its insidious, silent and on-going effects on the corroded façades of buildings, or the worn faces of statues. No one notices it. No one thinks about it as it falls imperceptibly, leaving devastating and irreparable damage in its wake.
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Tags: bias, diversity, inclusion
At the Grace Hopper Cisco Booth in 2011
The Cisco team is gearing up for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, Maryland! The conference, from Oct 3-5, is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. Cisco is a Platinum Sponsor of the event.
58 Cisco employees will speak, mentor, participate and recruit at the conference. We are the third most represented company at GHC. Additionally, we have Cisco leaders exchanging ideas and sharing best practices at the Sr. Women’s Summit and the Technical Executive Forum.
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Tags: diversity, ghc, ghc12, grace hopper, inclusion, Inclusion and Diversity, technology, university, women
Last week, I gave an internal talk to our Cisco Inclusion and Diversity Ambassadors on “How to demonstrate Inclusion in 5 Simple Steps”. I am a firm believe that Inclusion and Diversity is not what I call an “extra-curricular activity” but is an inexhaustible tool that should be woven into every aspect of our culture and all of our interactions at Cisco, both inside and out. Read More »
Tags: email, Inclusion and Diversity, meetings, religion, time zones
I read a really interesting piece referencing work by Fariborz Ghadar, director of Penn State’s Center for Global Business Studies. He makes the case for sourcing and nurturing talent from different talent pools. From broadening outreach efforts and relationship to find top candidates across all dimensions of diversity, to training for managers in inclusiveness and objectivity to ensure they expose new talent to a full array of experience and opportunities, Ghadar argues that companies that fail to leverage and nurture diversity in their employee base: “will find themselves poaching talent to offset scarcities in the quantity and quality of talent in their narrow pipelines.”
Many of us often pride themselves on our ability to think outside the box.
But does this extend to how we think about talent within our workforce? When we make assessments about who is suitable for a role, do we consider the full array of functions where talented people with transferable skills could bring value and difference to our teams, regardless of whether they might take a little longer to come up to speed? Or do we simply look for people who are an easy fit?
Or to put in another way: when you make decisions or assessments of others, are you aware of your biases or of the filters you might be applying? And do you ever challenge them?
To put it simply, continuing to do the same thing with the same people might well see us miss out on new and different results.
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Tags: bias, diversity, inclusion, openminds, talent
Susan McDonough at home with her 3 sons, 2 nephews and niece, aged 3 to 16.
Work-life integration can provide challenges like no other, as working parents can attest to. Cisco continues to meet this challenge with various programs that have been recognized by Working Mother magazine’s prestigious 2012 100 Best Companies list. And we’re extremely proud of Susan McDonough, vice president of Corporate Development at Cisco who leads the acquisition integration and operations, named as Working Mother of the Year in the same publication.
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Tags: awards, chief diversity officer, diversity, Employee Resource Group, inclusion, Inclusion and Diversity, Workplace 2020