Dr. Tiffany Brandreth is redirecting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to transform the entire industry. No point in human history has emphasized DEI more than today, where a mission of promoting equity and inclusion is simply beyond the scope of organizational leaders. Her approach has differed over the past decade. As she worked with leadership teams and organizations, she collected, analyzed, observed, and understood the difference between activity versus change. While presumed pioneers in the field approached gaining equality through representation and policy to create employee standards and eliminate discriminatory workplace practices, Dr. Brandreth pioneered a real model for change.
Leaders have the capacity to be advocates. Still, they prevent DEI due to unconscious bias, inadequate training, and desire for immediate outcomes that actually do not support long-term change outcomes. The One Formula approach to DEI led her to discover – the DEI Death Zone™ that symbolically connects Mt. Everest with the executive pursuit of glory – where Dr. Brandreth calls on efforts for change through greater congruence between the stated value and practices that are implemented.
“Authenticity and allyship cannot thrive while the culture of silence is being perpetuated and rewarded.” – Dr. Tiffany Brandreth
Transparency by executive leaders
Changing hearts and minds offer a feel-good approach, but it is failing to address the core issue. Accountability by executive leaders is transparency in sharing and educating on the uneven power dynamics leading to high turnover, improper treatment, and discrimination despite the promise of social change. HR representatives are experts in employment law, not to be confused with expertise in bias, unconscious reasoning, and executive decisions that promote bias in everyday workplace practices. “Diversity should not be housed in HR;” rather, implementation of DEI requires getting more comfortable, evaluating what change means and looks like while understanding bias and spotting it to make the necessary adjustments. TBM & Associates breaks the status quo to implement change through a series of education and appreciation for understanding where every organization is at and then determines the best approach, which she says, “I have never repeated the same approach or solution.” The single-formula approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has failed. Now, executives have a model for change to engage all their employees, reduce turnover that led to the Great Resignation, and empower the modern worker.
One of our greatest challenges is an ironic dilemma shaping the modern workplace. Dr. Brandreth’s Executive DEI Masterclass affords leaders and high-level executives the answer to this dilemma. “What do we do with high-performing leaders to deliver results for their organization” but maybe managing teams with bias or inequity? The dilemma is only solved through internalization of values, skills, ability, and re-evaluation of the core leadership traits – executives tend to believe they have reached this peak through education and experience – however, they have under-prioritized their training in DEI, and the workforce is evaluating their leaders by their actions and not their words.
Turnover of Under-represented Groups
Turnover numbers of under-represented groups and subsequent discrimination claims by the same group indicate a real-world problem. These are uncomfortable topics. As accountability in DEI is now expected of any high-performing executive, a stigma emerges where the uncomfortable topics are avoided, ignored, and mismanaged by those without an understanding of a solution.
“Ask me the questions you are uncomfortable to ask…” Dr. Brandreth’s Masterclass is unwavering in getting it right. “Authenticity and allyship cannot thrive while the culture of silence is being perpetuated and rewarded.” Implicit bias and unconscious biases prefer not to hear about struggle, only achievement. The authentic leader will not use comfortable deception to mask an uncomfortable truth. Redirecting the entire industry is a passionate commitment by Dr. Brandreth to help leaders be congruent and authentically lead their DEI values.
The ever-changing workplace is a misnomer. Employees’ needs and interests have not changed. Executives lack the real accountability to develop their own DEI skills. An uneven power dynamic remains despite DEI’s emergence as an assumed solution. Now, Dr. Tiffany Brandreth introduces the data, promotes real-world solutions, and has leaders go deep through a personalized approach to transform themselves and their businesses. Re-housing diversity beyond HR brings a dynamic driven by passion, commitment, and a true understanding of what it means to embrace DEI not by name but by a promise to improve.