Change is tough stuff

 

I have been thinking about how change has been a continuing theme throughout my working life and found a quote from Tony Benn, “First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you” …on the whole this tends to be true. Looking back over my long career in developing equality, diversity and inclusion, I often felt like the small voice from the back of the room saying ‘errr….it could be better if we did it like this’… and then everyone turning round and staring in silence and then going back to what they were saying…. Change is not always a recipe for personal popularity. But if we have to grade change then although vested intested and possibly inertia are tough nuts to crack, the hardest part of change is when you move into ethics, justice and the right thing to do in spite of ‘this is how we always do it’ … this is the true realm of the diversity, equality and inclusion specialist – to dare to say the unsayable and think differently to the rest of the organisation, to create networks at all levels of the organisation who ‘see’what you are getting at and who cheer from the back row and quietly get on with that change at grassroots level. So change is tough stuff.

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