29 Jan January 29, 2024 – Open Culture Drew Jones and DiverseCity Think Tank Buki Mosaku
Drew Jones – Culture & Workplace Consultant and Author of The Open Culture Handbook: Five questions to drive engagement and innovation
Companies often get culture right in the early days, when it is
informal, with a clear goal, people sharing information and moving
in the same direction. As companies grow, they follow a trajectory
toward formalization and control that shuts down innovation.
Drew Jones, PhD, is an anthropologist, former business school professor, and practicing management consultant. He is a founding partner of Experient, a workplace culture and strategy consultancy. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on culture, leadership, and workplace design projects with clients throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He is published widely in academic management journals and magazines and has published three previous books on design thinking and innovation, coworking, and activity-based working (ABW). His new book is Open Culture Handbook: Five Questions to Drive Engagement and Innovation (Amplify Publishing, Oct. 3, 2023).
Buki Mosaku – Founder and CEO of London-based DiverseCity Think Tank and Author of I Don’t Understand: Navigating Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
The way to deal with microaggressions is to give the other person
the benefit of the doubt, give light reconditioning which allows for
possible misinterpretation and then move on and enjoy your lunch!
Buki Mosaku is the Founder and CEO of London-based DiverseCity Think Tank, a workplace-bias and diversity-and-inclusion consultancy. He is one of the world’s foremost bias-navigation experts. Mosaku has cracked the code for calling out unconscious workplace bias and stopping it in its tracks, which he details in his new book, I Don’t Understand: Navigating Unconscious Bias in the Workplace. As the creator of the IDU Methodology, Buki Mosaku has worked with thousands of companies over two decades as a communications and workplace bias expert. In the process, Buki has cracked the code for calling out unconscious workplace bias to stop it in its tracks through a fair, measurable, and equitable solution called the IDU Methodology. With disarming honesty, enthusiasm, and a rare breed of clarity that is void of guilt, Buki empowers and equips leaders and staff alike to effortlessly navigate inevitable workplace bias. Born in West London to Nigerian parents, Buki started his corporate career in media and advertising before moving into consultancy in the City of London. He founded RosAcad, an international business and sales training consultancy, and DiverseCity Think Tank, a consultancy of workplace bias navigation and diversity and inclusion experts. In his work as a communications expert, consultant, and coach to tens of thousands of global clients’ staff over more than two decades, he became acutely aware of the impact of the multidirectional role of workplace bias in stifling otherwise prosperous careers, including his own at times. Buki also became aware of popular, well-meaning yet unworkable so-called expert and academic theories to combat racial, disability, gender, sexual orientation bias, etc. such as IAT- Implicit Association Tests, traditional microaggression training, “White Fragility,” “Anti-racist Consulting” and so on, which actually hinder the people they purport to help as well as reducing group productivity. Buki himself has grappled with unconscious (and indeed conscious) bias with varying degrees of success in his employed career and as a consultant in the City. Frustrated with his own challenges and the inadequacy of behavioral experts, authors, and consultants’ attempts to address workplace bias, he set out to develop a fair, equitable results-oriented methodology to tackle person-to-person bias effectively in the workplace. His forthcoming book “I Don’t Understand” –Navigating Unconscious Bias in the Workplace is the culmination of more than two decades of working with, observing, and interacting with over 50,000 individuals throughout the world as a consultant, communications expert, trainer, and coach.