We’re really pleased to be working with social campaigner, diversity expert and author, Simon Fanshawe OBE, this month and into 2022, promoting his new book The Power Of Difference and consultancy Diversity by Design.
Simon is one of the co-founders of Stonewall and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his work on diversity and human rights. He works with organisations to encourage honest conversations about race, sex, sexual orientation and other differences between people and redesign their recruitment to achieve real change.
HR Magazine listed Simon as one of the UK’s Most Influential Thinkers earlier this year.
‘The Power of Difference: Where the complexities of diversity and inclusion meet practical solutions’ (published by Kogan Page) is currently WHSmith’s Business Book of the month and is ranking #1 on Amazon in their interviewing and recruitment category.
The book is told through stories – often quite personal ones – experiences of working with movements of social change and also with clients through Diversity by Design – from UK retailers and utility companies, to global manufacturers, Government, banking and healthcare clients.
It offers practical advice for businesses and organisations on:
- how to have difficult conversations and disagree with others at work in a positive way;
- why spaces that are safe for disagreement, not from disagreement are needed in the workplace;
- how to create real inclusion so all employees are heard, not just the few;
- how to honestly confront bias and equip employees to overcome it effectively;
- how to recruit for difference and address diversity deficits and dividends at work;
and has received praise from high-profile names in business, the public sector and academia, including Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, President of the CBI, NHS leaders and Amy C Edmondson, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School.
"The book (and my work) is dedicated to rescuing 'diversity and inclusion’ from the acronym hell of the under-graduate degree it has been turned into by those who drown it in language seemingly designed for the express purpose of stopping people understanding and feeling part of it."
Simon Fanshawe OBE