ing and tolerance finds its home. There are some
powerful people who simply are not willing to
give up power without a fight.
But here’s the thing—there are a lot of
people who are willing to fight. There’s a lot of
people who are willing to struggle. They are not
going to give up. There’s an old saying that says
“Resistors will outlast occupiers all the time.”
In this case, the resistors are the people who
believe they are fighting for a brand of equity
that does not quite exist. Occupiers are those
who want to maintain the status quo. I believe
that resistance is significant, it is smart, it is
articulate. It also can be messy, poorly led and
dangerous. Those of us who have the capacity
to see around the corners need to help those
people to make the best choices for them and
their organizations so that their ideas can be
best heard by people who can most make a difference.
We also need to spend some time educating
our business leader friends or our associates
who don’t agree with those ideals. Even if it
takes a different argument. If it takes a litigious
argument, “Hey, you don’t want to be sued by
a group of people whom you have your cultural
policy because it made you feel uncomfortable,
because you will no longer exist.” Maybe it’s
economics—organizations that are more diverse,
that have gender equity are more successful.
They make more money. Whatever argument it
takes for me to help someone to understand that
gender equity, diversity and inclusion are good
things, that’s the one that I will make.
As I mentioned before, it’s awareness that
will help you use whatever tools you have more
effectively. A hammer may look like a hammer,
but I can use it for a variety of things. I can
use it to close a door, I can use it to tear a door
down. It’s how I choose to use it. It may also
mean that every now and again, leaders and
creative types have to come up with a new tool.
Until that happens, we have to make the best
use of the old ones. I’m optimistic that most
people are really good people with great intentions—they simply don’t know. It’s my job as a
consultant, as an educator, as a human and as
a person on this planet to help lead this change.
For those who aren’t quite good people, well, you
know what, I’m going to help you, too. I’m going
to love you and I’m going to, in an impassioned
way, embrace the kind of change that I think is
going to help us all move forward.
Dr. James Pogue is the CEO of James Pogue Enterprises. He can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.