At The Mouse and The Elephant, we have no interest in delivering a diversity initiative as an add-on. Our interest is in identifying organizational objectives and challenges, and delivering an initiative that integrates our understanding of diversity, inclusiveness, communication, storytelling, team development, process improvement, and culture development into the organization to tackle those challenges and meet those goals—in other words, to deliver an initiative that leads to greater effectiveness, and impacts your bottom line.
We believe that a few years down the road, business leaders will think about diversity issues in much the same way they now think about environmental issues: as a key part of their business strategy.
In the early days of the environmental movement, when a company paid attention to their ecological impact, they did so largely as a matter of conscience. Yet the question companies ask themselves has shifted over time, from “How can we be more green, and thus be a more socially-conscious company?” to “How can being more green make us a better, more effective, more profitable company?”
That shift is happening with diversity and inclusiveness right now, as the question becomes less “How can we embrace diversity and thus be a more socially-conscious company?” and more “How can embracing diversity make us a better, more effective, more profitable company?”
This is the lens through which we look at diversity: How can more effectively integrating the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion make you better, more effective, and more profitable?