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Diversity, equity and inclusion in Business

Arthur Woods: Activating Diversity in the Workplace – Joel Goldberg Media

Diversity / July 20, 2022

One of the most unique benefits of my keynote speeches is my baseball-meets-business perspective. My 25 year career as a professional sports broadcaster has taught me countless lessons that I’m privileged to share with audiences.¬† For instance, coaches know that a team needs a mix of skills, builds and personalities to gain a competitive advantage. These are the same reasons that diversity in business puts companies in a position to succeed more and win bigger.

My podcast Rounding the Bases discusses culture and leadership with a baseball twist. One recent interview broke down the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. It’s a topic at the intersection of performance and culture, one of the most impactful places to be.

diversity equity and inclusion in business

My guest was equal parts DEI authority and entrepreneurial wonder kid, whose purpose driven thinking has earned him international renown. Arthur Woods is a global best-selling author, subject matter expert and perpetual champion for workplace diversity.

His tech prowess is unmatched by most. And countless more stand to benefit from his Hiring Inclusivity Index, a proprietary, first-of-its-kind tool. His inspired TEDx talks grant you permission to lean in to your inner hero. Also, his e-platform Mathison promotes equality in the workplace on an unprecedented scale.

With unstoppable New York energy and a splash of Miami flair, he’s blazing a trail for underrepresented job seekers around the world. And he won’t quit until each of them has found their perfect match.

SINGLE: Making a Shift

Superficial diversity in business isn’t being accepted the way it may have been in the past. Before, we hired an underrepresented candidate and wished them luck. These days leaders are making a genuine effort to fundamentally change behaviors and mindsets. By creating an environment that provides structure and support in equal measure, it does more than influence culture. It promotes inclusivity from the top down. It also signals to people of all identities that they have a safe place to welcome them each day.

DOUBLE: Keys to Success

High performing organizations are characterized by innovation, achievement and a broadly appealing deliverable. Additionally, more leaders have begun to recognize that in order to succeed, teams need a range of perspectives that can only found in diverse environments. “I experienced homophobia in my very fist job interview,” recalled Arthur, who is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. As people work through the trauma brought on by the isolation of the pandemic, work has become more than just a job. Nowadays offices are a place to get a boost, and what better way than with the freedom to be your whole, authentic self?

TRIPLE: DEI by the Numbers


Reevaluation of professional purpose is fueling today’s competitive hiring market. As companies try to set themselves apart, one way to do this is to promote their diversity. Mckinsey reported that companies with high levels of ethnic and cultural diversity outperformed competitors by 33%. Another study found that 67% of job seekers weigh diversity when reviewing an offer. And if these stats weren’t convincing enough, Forbes found that diverse teams make better decisions 87% of the time.

HOME RUN: Defining Success

Every person measures their successes and failures differently. One of my recent guests – Casey Wright – discussed the mental shift he had to make in order to appreciate all of the good he was doing. As it turns out, Arthur has faced some similar challenges. “We can drive ourselves absolutely¬† crazy,” he said when discussing failure as relates to extrinsic elements of work.¬† Instead, he chooses to look for success in the intrinsics he calls purpose drivers such as learning and building transformational relationships. “Any situation we enter becomes fulfilling if we can look at it through that lens.” Traditional indicators of business success are important, but the sense of positive impact is what matters most.

Listen to the full interview here or tune in to Rounding the Bases every Monday and Thursday, available wherever you get your podcasts.

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