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Five Good Ideas about the power of diversity

Published on 26/03/2013

We are in an era of tremendous change, where everything is being disrupted: governments, institutions, personal lives and the workplace. Innovation expert John Seely Brown calls it the Cambrian Moment. Things are thrown up but they eventually settle down. It is during that time of settling when small moves – smartly and intentionally made – can make a big difference. Hamlin Grange believes this is the Cambrian Moment of diversity and inclusion. We need to rethink our positions and attitudes about old concepts and approaches to create more inclusive workplaces, livable and workable cities and productive and relevant institutions. It’s a time when we need to stop asking old questions to new audiences. Leaders must be more inclusive, individuals must get out of their comfort zones, and we all must become more interculturally competent.

Five Good Ideas

  1. Take an integrated approach to diversity and inclusion
  2. Become more interculturally competent
  3. Culture trumps strategy
  4. Nurture Tempered Radicals
  5. Lean into your discomforts

Five Good Resources

  1. Roosevelt, Thomas Jr. (2006). Building on the Promise of Diversity. How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities and Our Society.
  2. Page, Scott E. (2007). The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies.
  3. Hofstede, Geert, Gert Jan Hofstede, and Michael Minkov (2010). Cultures and Organizations, Software of the Mind: Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival (Third Edition).
  4. Hollander, Edwin (2009). Inclusive Leadership: The Essential Leader-Follower Relationship.
  5. Meyerson, Debra (2001). Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work.

Hamlin Grange


Hamlin Grange is a diversity and inclusion strategist and President and Co-Founder of DiversiPro Inc., a workplace diversity training, coaching and consulting company based in Toronto. Hamlin speaks eloquently and passionately about the power of diversity and intercultural competence and the benefits of creating inclusive environments that value the perspectives and life experiences of everyone. He argues convincingly about the importance of running diversity on “all six cylinders.” Hamlin is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a powerful tool that assesses and develops the level of individual and team awareness and sensitivity towards cultural differences and commonalities. Hamlin has served on a number of important boards, including: The Toronto Police Services Board, a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. He is currently a Member of the Consent and Capacity Board, an independent provincial tribunal whose mission is the fair and accessible adjudication of consent and capacity issues, balancing the rights of vulnerable individuals with public safety.