Bias Was a Genius
A practical handbook for sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion change.
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So you get the Why? of diversity, equity and inclusion - you have even started to do the How? - but change isn’t sticking, and your business is a fair-weather supporter of the work. Bias Was a Genius is a handbook for building sustainable, commercially relevant DEI theory to incorporate into your own DEI strategy and, as practitioners, to make change through self-reflection.
Divided into three sections, Bias Was a Genius represents the three key Greek Delphic tenets written by Bias of Priene: Know Thyself, Certainty Brings Trouble, and Nothing to Excess.
Section one, Know Thyself, explores the reasons, motivations and challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion, and tells part of the author's own story.
Section two, Certainty Brings Trouble, explores the DEI theory and strategy alignment, encompassing elements from business-skill maturity and tokenism to how profit and ethics can align effectively.
Section three, Nothing to Excess, explores rebalancing those DEI programmes and strategy-delivery mechanisms that aren't as impactful as they could be, and aims to make sustainable business practices the norm.
Written by an industry leader translating academic research and understanding into a conversational style guide, peppered with their own experiences and bits of humour, Bias Was a Genius is a call to action toward impactful change in the profession.
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I’m excited for people to read this book. Tim challenges the status quo of how we understand DEI concepts and reflect on our own approaches, in a time where we need to 'reset' our approach to DEI to make it sustainable for the future ~ Devi Virdi, Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Centrica
The thinking in this book is one of the fundamental pieces in the puzzle for how we long-term sustain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within Business. Whether you are a leader, aspiring changemaker or seasoned DEI professional, you will be captivated by Tim’s pearls of wisdom, engaging humour and courageous vulnerability. This is a must read for every leader serious about the sustainability of their business, and generating high-performance cultures.Tim’s ‘why’ of DEI is rooted in his own experiences, but his ‘How to’ approach is a blueprint. ~ Christina Brooks, Founder & CEO Ruebik
Just when I’m about to lose hope, along comes this book from my friend and colleague Tim Hardy-Lenik. I love the way Tim weaves together his personal journey with his expertise as one of the top DEI leaders in the UK ~ Dr David Livermore PhD, Founder of CQ (Cultural Intelligence)
Tim is a rare example of a DEI practitioner in that he has lived with the challenges of exclusion of vulnerable minorities. His guidebook provides a practical toolkit based on personal experiences of how he overcame the corporate barriers he has faced and can be used by all as a mirror of your performance against what is expected and acceptable. The bottom-line benefits of identifying and eliminating pain points are explored as the basis for DEI interventions. This is key to engaging senior management because investment without a forecast of return through added value and increased profitability will always be resisted. ~ Ian Beckett, CEO Eirtight Technology
There are many books out there that focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy and many that feature practical tips and case studies. However, this cleverly weaves these two aspects together whilst crucially highlighting some of the common pitfalls that can derail the DEI practitioner. If you are new to this space or an experienced professional who wants to reset, then this is worth your time. It’s particularly helpful in its discussion on prioritisation and where to focus to make a lasting impact. Reading this book is like having a conversation with a trusted mentor who has seen it all but is still full of hope for change. ~ Rachel Collins, Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Colt Technologies
A genius book by Tim which explores the complex role that bias plays out in our lives. With compelling insights and thought-provoking examples, the book challenges our assumptions, revealing how bias influences our decisions and shapes our understanding of the world. A must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of human behaviour. ~ Minaxi Mistry, CEO at Equality Leaders