Learning

At GDP we create bespoke learning solutions that address our clients’ particular needs, whatever stage of the journey you are at. Our learning interventions are flexible and modular, covering themes such as D&I Awareness, Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, Gender Equity, Bullying & Harassment and more. 

 

We deliver our interventions through a mixed methodology approach, including face-to-face workshops, seminars, keynotes, webinars, e-Learning, train the trainers, film, drama-based learning and virtual reality.

 

We leverage our global team of experts to ensure that the solution we deliver for you is globally relevant and locally customized, reflecting both local cultural nuances as well as customizing to your sector.

 

We work collaboratively with our clients in order to construct a compelling business case for D&I which speaks to the operational reality of our audience, whether inclusive leader or individual contributor. 

 

We create measurable impact in our audiences, helping to demystify the topic whilst advancing learning and understanding of the practical ways in which you can affect D&I change. 

 

Our work doesn’t end there and our learning solutions are rarely standalone. We work with our clients to establish accountability and reinforcement mechanisms to ensure the learning continues well past our intervention. 

 

We take you on a journey and are with you every step of the way. 

D&I Awareness

Managing Diversity and Inclusion requires understanding, knowledge, empathy and sensitivity to difference with a commitment to developing inclusive behaviours and actions. When Diversity and Inclusion is well managed it can enhance team competence and confidence, ensure all our voices are heard, our multiple perspectives are encouraged and new paradigms are created to recognise the visible and invisible differences which make up the rich fabric of our workplaces.

Harnessing and leveraging these differences, perspectives and talents will allow companies to better position themselves to adapt to the ever changing global demands that will not only improve productivity and staff morale but also increase customer expectations. A multicultural, talented, and trained workforce is better equipped to understand the demographics of the marketplace it serves and is better positioned to thrive in that marketplace.

The business case for investing in D&I is that these initiatives allows such a diverse workforce to feel a sense of belonging, which in turn increases their commitment to the company and allows each of them to contribute in a unique manner. All employees want to have good and harmonious relationship with their follow employers and leaders; they want supportive mentors that can help them achieve their individual goals.

 

Our Solution

We can ensure we develop the competence of your employees to become aware of all the various diversity strands which make up the mosaic and provide compelling and relevant information by raising awareness. We can deliver single strand awareness such as Gender Equity training or Cross Cultural skills, covering the full spectrum of relevant issues within your regions, countries or companies. We have the solution.

Our sessions ensure you recognise the Business Critical and Risk Management aspects which in turn adversely affect employee morale, engagement, talent progression, employer branding, service user, customer and community expectations and experience.

Our D&I Awareness programmes range from delivery of seminars on the value of D&I right through to a provision of cascade and corporate roll out programmes. Our corporate wide experience spans national and global roll out of Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Sessions. 

IMPACT

Greater diversity awareness not only brings a greater skills base to our delegates but also leads to enhanced opportunities, better performance, improved retention, and offers greater opportunities for innovation and responsiveness.

We encourage you to celebrate and value the richness of Diversity and Inclusion, create rich environments and nurture your workforce thus reflecting our changing global landscape.

See below for a snapshot of our D&I Awareness interventions delivered for a variety of clients:

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias, blind-spots, mindbugs, cognitive errors, confirmation bias, are all terms associated with the latest neuroscience discoveries on the workings of the human brain.

 

Unconscious bias affects our decision making, our relationships, who we have affinity to and consequently provide opportunities to in the workplace. It helps us to understand why despite various efforts within our organisations we have not been able to move the dial in relation to promoting diversity and inclusion to the extent we wished.

 

The latest evidence led research combining the findings of neuroscience, behavioural economics, organisational and social psychology confirms that we all have biases. It’s part of the human condition to be influenced by our life experiences, the society we live in and the media images we are exposed to. Faced with a vast amount of information, our brains are hardwired to categorise and to subconsciously make judgments about people in those categories. We like to believe that we are well intentioned and that assumptions and stereotypes only affect other people. However, they are all part of how we navigate the social landscape around us, how we “decode”, how to relate to others, and how we interpret the behaviour of those we interact with. Being aware of your blind spots and how they affect your interactions is an essential first step toward advancing truly Inclusive Leadership and sustainable corporate culture change.

Our Solution

At GDP we demystify the science. Unconscious bias has some major implications and we are resourceful in how we help you and your people to understand the link and to learn how to avoid the pitfalls. We help you to understand how it gets in the way of effective utilisation of your human capital, reducing opportunities to understand and serve your customers better. We ensure you tap into opportunities to be open to diverse insights and thinking styles leading to a more inclusive culture.

Our interventions are pragmatic. We utilise that understanding to unleash the powerful opportunities that exist where both individual and organisational bias is managed and reduced. Our interventions are commercially focussed, relevant to Human Capital and talent needs and link to the bottom line for our corporate clients and are service related for our Public Sector clients.

We seek to understand the ecosystem you operate in and design relevant solutions. The outcomes are mind-set change, behaviour modification and action focussed intentions.

IMPACT

We are among the pioneers of unconscious bias learning and consultancy interventions and innovations. Our consultancy and training ranges from conducting global unconscious bias audits using our innovative methodologies  to providing corporate bias testing reports to understand direction of bias within companies to developing tools and strategies to mitigate the effects of bias.

Our interventions are delivered and designed by experts in the field with tangible return on investment for our clients from impact on unblocking and populating the talent pipeline, increasing representation of diverse groups and thinking styles, as well as reflections on brand and image, product development and customer and community engagement.

We are a licensed bias test centre of the range of “Implicitly” bias tests which measure associations between your thoughts and your responses. The test was developed in response to criticism of the IAT and exceeds industry standard in relation to its reliability and rigour. We offer both individual and corporate reporting helping our clients to identify impacts. We supplement the tests with bias reduction coaching, particularly for executives and business leaders who benefit from tailored and customised coaching interventions. The coaching methodology we use is constructive, business centric and action-oriented.

Our award winning unconscious bias training equips leaders and employees with tools and techniques to manage their biases. Our “Open Minds” training is a unique offering covering a range of issues including the impact of micro-inequities  and inclusive leadership. Additionally we offer conferences, keynote speakers and drama based learning.

We understand you may wish to build your in-house capability so we offer cascade mechanisms such as train the trainers, toolkits, dvd based digital tools and e-learning products. We have also developed creative bias reduction communication and marketing campaigns to reinforce the behavioural change required to mitigate the effects of bias.

See below for a snapshot of Unconscious Bias interventions we have delivered for a variety of clients: 

Inclusive Leadership

There is little doubt that the most important component of any sustainable change in an organisation is visibility, exemplary role modelling and top level commitment from all. The role of leaders in championing diversity is crucial for the success of diversity and requires a particular set of skills that in some instances may require support and guidance to fully develop.

 

Top team development in an organisation results in a diversification of ideas, a greater variety of creativity, ideas and innovation that generates better team performance. However, to reach this outcome requires high-level training of each individual in order to change mind-sets and adopt a different set of viewpoints, seek broader horizons and adapt to the fast changing global environment and rapid technology growth. Simply abiding and enforcing global diversity laws and regulations will not help you achieve the best top team.

Our Solution

GDP offers a range of world-class tools, models and methodologies along with significant experience in developing high performing teams in executive boards, management and senior functional teams.

Our learning interventions can help promote a higher level of cross-cultural understanding, sensitivity and enhanced team relationships not only across cultures but also across diverse specialisms and disciplines.

IMPACT

Our top team development experience is unparalleled; our track record and ability to engage and motivate leaders to champion diversity and inclusion is impressive.

We can develop leaders by ensuring each leader has the most appropriate personal style, leadership qualities, business and management skills, performance abilities and people and communication skills which can optimise the management of diversity and inclusion.

We focus on promoting ownership and accountability by supporting leaders post delivery. We ensure our leaders work in collaborative way on shared D&I goals and objectives with their executives.

Our toolkit includes personal styles profiling, personality assessment, 360° performance and diversity intelligence feedback and other powerful models that help assist top teams in defining, strategizing and implementing shared D&I goals.

See below for a snapshot of our Top Team Development interventions delivered for a variety of clients:

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