learning circles™ :
engaging senior men
Statistics show that 84% of corporate officers in
Fortune 1000 corporations are men. Their full engagement and support
of diversity initiatives is the key to success. Cambridge Hill has
designed two programs that have been more successful than traditional
diversity training in engaging senior executives.
What are Learning Circles™?
Learning Circles™ are small, facilitated
dialogue groups designed to increase senior managers’ awareness
about the experiences of diverse employees and women in their organizations.
Learning Circles™ have proven to be
an effective way of engaging and preparing senior managers to be
credible as diversity champions.
How do Learning Circles™ work?
Cambridge Hill Partners trains facilitators from within client organizations
to act as Guides for the Learning Circles™.
The focus of a Learning Circle™ is to
share individual experiences and develop a deeper understanding
of the forms of exclusion and barriers to advancement.
Who should consider Learning Circles™?
Organizations who have diversity goals and have not yet reached
their desired levels of representation of women and people of color
in positions of real leadership, authority and influence should
consider Learning Circles™. Senior management
teams who wish to be visibly and actively involved in leading diversity
efforts should consider Learning Circles™.
In addition, a deeper understanding of diversity related goals and
the effects of cluelessness can help build a more cohesive culture
and support a positive change in corporate culture. Cluelessness
refers to a lack of awareness about gender and racial dynamics.
What are the advantages?
Learning Circles™ are not "one
shot" events. They are a vehicle for sustained engagement and
continued professional development. Because managers from many different
functions and levels are trained as Guides, clients report high
levels of ownership. At the same time, Learning Circles™
are cost effective and strengthen internal capacity. Once initial
Guides are trained, any number of Learning Circles™
can be started anywhere within the corporation.
Learning Circles™ are currently
being used in England, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium
and the United States.
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