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EricaJoy
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On “People” Diversity
Recently, I’ve noticed something very dangerous occurs when a company’s strategy for its “products” mirrors its strategy for its “people.”

Take the few lines below from Salesforce cofounder Parker Harris speaking about his company’s approach to diversity.

“…you know, the phrase we use internally is ‘If everything is important, then nothing is important.’ And we repeat that over and over again. And, we’re trying to figure out how can we move this one thing forward.”

If you were to replace “things” with people this would happen.

“…you know, the phrase we use internally is ‘If every[ONE] is important, then no [ONE] is important.’ And we repeat that over and over again. And, we’re trying to figure out how can we move this one [PERSON] forward.”

It matters the criteria we use for focus, and it especially matters when we’re discussing “people.” Let’s be thoughtful about people who are underserved in diversity efforts and in doing so focus on more than the status quo.