Synchronizing Top Management

Aligning top management on D&I is way more important than you think – and we’ll help your executive team get there by playing with LEGO®

Diversity & inclusion journeys are long and need stable motivation. There’s probably no bigger obstacle than executives at cross-purposes.

Culture change is a bit like sailing – you can flail about on deck as much as you want, but you’re going nowhere without a strong wind. In this metaphor, top management is that wind. Unlike sailing, which can be fun no matter what direction the wind blows in, creating a culture of inclusion needs management right at the back, pushing the D&I agenda forward. When management isn’t aligned, the rest of the company won’t know what to do – there’s accountability – and any D&I initiative will falter and fail. Worse, anyone who’s on the fence about leaving the company because of a lack of inclusion will get the message that it’s time to move on.

Synchronizing the executive team on D&I makes it clear to everyone in the company that not only are diversity and inclusion important, but something will be done about them. At LIVING INSTITUTE, we can help with that synchronization in a huge way, using something called LEGO® Serious Play®.

What does LEGO® have to do with synchronizing top management?

D&I strategies are a little different from other corporate strategies. Most executives don’t know what they know about the subject – they’ve got a lot of (implicit, unconscious) opinions (and biases) and mixed feelings, but the best way forward is a mystery. They may even have seen tons of data on the importance of D&I – but it’s still not real to them. They need space to explore those feelings, in a group setting, to make sure that everyone is on the same page. At LIVING INSTITUTE, we use the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology to do that. LEGO®, with their infinite customizability and striking simplicity, are perfect for capturing complex feelings about a complex topic like D&I. In a one- or two-day workshop facilitated by experts, we give executives the space to reflect on their as well as others’ feelings in a perfect demonstration of inclusivity

“[LEGO® Serious Play®] is a way of bringing everyone’s truths together and helping everyone understand another…Our truths all coexist and if top management does not understand that, they tend to forget the truth that is closest to them.”

Heidi R. Andersen, Founder of LIVING INSTITUTE

Our workshops save nearly a year in time.

We’ve seen that even with just a one-day workshop, executives are quick converts – it shaves as much as six months to a year off the time needed to get on board with D&I. Partly this is because we really focus on the “ah-ha” moment that snaps everything into focus. This perfectly complements all the data you’ve no doubt seen about how critical D&I is for the survival of your business. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know the importance of D&I at pretty much every level – intellectually and in your gut.  

“…What we need to do in order to synchronise top management is to take them beneath this conscious level to their unconscious knowledge. We also have to help them tap into their feelings, because this is what makes them trustworthy to others when they speak about this agenda.”

Heidi R. Andersen, Founder of LIVING INSTITUTE

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Long story short, creating a culture of inclusion isn’t just the right choice, it’s the only one to ensure long-term survival of your business. Diversity and inclusion aren’t fads – they’re the only path forward in an increasingly connected business world. And the earlier you get on that train, the better.