You’d like your board to be more diverse but have found it a challenge up until now. Here are several tactics to make diversity progress. Improving your board’s diversity is a great learning opportunity for all.
Three Fresh Approaches to Recruiting a Diverse Board, Don’t Round Up the Usual Suspects
In the movie, Casablanca, corrupt Captain Renault, ensnared in Nazi-controlled Vichy France, needs to arrest someone. Instead of hand-cuffing the hero, he turns to his inferiors and instructs them to “round up the usual suspects.”
When we hunt for diverse board members, we often round up the usual suspects. These headline-makers are recognized, respected, and busy. The results often frustrate. Why? The usual suspects are usual because everyone else already thought of them first.