Diversity and inclusion

Why everything
you think you
know about
diversity is wrong

61% of employees bend themselves out of shape to fit in at work, including 45% of white, heterosexual men.

This is bad for business. Diversity without inclusion damages a company’s performance.

It also causes pain. The neurological impact of being excluded is similar to being physically hit.

The answer lies not in trying to alter unconscious bias (almost impossible) or in creating new in and out groups along gender or ethnic lines.

The way to build inclusion is to alter how we all respond to people who seem different. Mind Gym deploys the best science so you can.

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One of us: harness the benefits of
a diverse workforce

White paper
Mind Gym’s psychologists have spent months combing extensive, peer-reviewed research and met with chief diversity officers from many of the world’s most progressive companies to bring you a definitive guide to diversity and inclusion in the workplace that goes beyond quotas and gender-based initiatives.
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Why everything you think you
know about diversity is wrong

Article

"Lies, damn lies and statistics" is an apt phrase when it comes to diversity. Scant research suggests mixed groups perform better, but the truth is far murkier. In fact, diversity is damaging when one vital ingredient is missing.

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What behavioural science reveals
about how we do, and don’t, connect

TEDx talk

Can the smallest details affect how we connect and communicate with other people? Mind Gym CEO Octavius Black explores the behavioural science behind how we subconsciously identify and empathize with people more when we can see something of ourselves in them. However, a successfully diverse company will be one where people think: I am not different from you, I am different like you.

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Dozens of companies have already embraced Mind Gym to increase inclusion:

How Mind Gym helps

Mind Gym runs coach-led, bite-sized workshops, virtually and live in over 30 countries. There are almost 100 to choose from. Here are four that are specially designed to make us more inclusive:

Breaking bias
Take charge of your unconscious biases so they can’t control you. Participants will:
  • Appreciate the power of their unconscious mind
  • Understand that bias is a form of natural mental shortcut we have evolved over time
  • Explore how bias can show up in day to day decision-making at work
  • Discover the conscious techniques they can use to remove bias from their decisions

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Virtual learning, real discoveries. Instructor-led, online, for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Building bridges
Be the architect that creates a sense of belonging for everyone. Participants will:
  • Discover their own in-groups and out-groups and the power they have to include and exclude
  • Uncover their own ‘micro-messages’ and their excluding effect
  • Identify behaviors that they can easily adopt to help their colleagues feel like they belong
  • Practice how to take helpful action when they spot someone else doing the excluding

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Virtual learning, real discoveries. Instructor-led, online, for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Knowing me knowing you
"You are not different from me, you are different like me". Learn to create an environment where you and others can flourish together, no matter what your differences are. Participants will:
  • Define their own identity and explore their ‘expanded’ and ‘diminished’ self
  • Understand the importance of psychological safety at work
  • Explore who they naturally connect with and why
  • Become more mindful of their response to those they perceive as different from them
  • Open up to more people around them – seeing them beyond their job role and what is obvious

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Virtual learning, real discoveries. Instructor-led, online, for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
One of us
Only when we understand why embracing diversity is so difficult, can we really start to build a culture of inclusion. Participants will:
  • Uncover what diversity and inclusion really means, and why it’s important for business
  • Learn why being inclusive is inherently challenging to all of us
  • Discover ways to overcome their natural blocks to embracing diversity
  • Set themselves some challenges that will help them be more inclusive right away

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Virtual learning, real discoveries. Instructor-led, online, for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor- led in a classroom for up to 20 people.

Let us help you

If you’d like to discover more, please let us know and we’ll make a date with the most suitable Mind Gym psychologist or other member of the team.

Call +44 20 7376 0626

uk@themindgym.com

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