When we reach for equitable representation and don’t make the equitable distribution of power across a company important - these are the results you end up with. Because power will always try to preserve itself unless you are intentional about it’s distribution as a goal.
Power is access to money, information, decision making rights, and the reach of your ideas. And an organizational structure that is intentionally distributing those things to different populations cannot retain this lack of diversity. It just literally can’t.
Here is the thing it is easy for power to retain all of those things. It doesn’t take intention for power to hold on to information, money, not allow for or take seriously a reach of ideas, or decision making rights. To distribute it you have to try - hard.
I have been working on this stuff for so long and I still feel a cognitive tug of danger from time to time when I release power. I just know to observe it and use it as data to make me a better leader in hopes that giving away power becomes more and more an instinct over time.
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