Diverse IT podcast: Soldiering on, Kiran Neve-Fraser

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Soldiering on: from infantry soldier to fighting for diversity

Courage, Discipline, Respect for others, Integrity, Loyalty, and Selfless Commitment - these are the values of the British Army, but how do they apply to the world of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in business?

 

In this month’s DiverseIT Stories podcast we speak with Kiran Fraser-Neve, Recruitment Manager at Capgemini UK, British Army Veteran and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion advocate in tech. Kiran shares his experience as an infantry Soldier turned corporate leader, the lessons he learnt and the skills he developed.

In an inspiring conversation about “walking the walk” beyond “talking the talk”, we lay out some practical tips for corporate leaders driving high-impact ED&I change programmes.

It turns out that leading ED&I change, much like fighting in the Army, is about moral courage: when you see something that is not right, you learn to challenge it. You can’t be just a bystander.

Fighting for change isn’t easy. We are trying to achieve within our respective organisations what society has been trying to achieve for centuries: true equality. But it starts with simple actions.

Three key take-aways:

 

  1. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ARE OUTCOMES, BUT EQUALITY IS A PROCESS: we need to consistently engage and champion marginalised identities to create fair business practices that unlock value.  

 

  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE: focus on the people element and build communication strategies that take people with you on your ED&I journey.

 

  1. DON’T SHY AWAY FROM DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: we need to be uncomfortable to drive effective change.

 

Listen to the full podcast on Spotify here: Spotify – DiverseIT Stories | Podcast on Spotify

 


Capgemini and Sparta Global are partners in Equality Diversity and Inclusion.