Today I’m speaking with Cherron Inko Tariah MBE. Cherron is one of the UK’s leading expert on staff networks, she is the author of The Incredible Power of Staff Networks and the creator of the National Day of Staff Networks. Cherron is one of the few people I’ve encountered in the UK who is focused exclusively on employee resource groups and her work has created tremendous impact particularly in the public sector. This is why I wanted to get her on the show.
In todays show we discuss several things including:
- The Staff Network vs. Employee Resource Group conversation
- The biggest frustration that employee resource groups experience in their organisations
- How Cherron has used academic research to promote staff networks and much much more
Here’s some of the wisdom that Cherron shared:
Succession Planning & “Founder Syndrome”
Cherron acknowledges the importance of strong leadership for an employee resource group. She highlights how good leadership can make the difference between a group that is effective and one that is not. However Cherron suggests that leaders, particularly those that “founded” the employee resource group can create problems when trying to ensure the success of others or the future of the employee resource group:
“Don’t become a glory seeker, don’t become afflicted with “founder syndrome”
Employee Resource Groups must move beyond Diversity & Inclusion
Cherron believes that many employee resource groups have a narrow scope for their activities. She argues that several groups are concerned with their own activities and not those of the organisation as a whole. Cherron explains that employee resource groups should seek to contribute to organisational goals beyond the scope of traditional Diversity & Inclusion.
“Stop keeping yourself penned in the D&I space”
Events should be focused on Outcomes not Outputs
Cherron describes many employee resource groups are event driven at the expense of other activities. Cherron explains how this can lead to a focus on outputs, i.e. the number of attendees and social media coverage instead of outcomes related to career progression for group members or organisational development.
“A lot of networks have “eventitus”
SHOW SUMMARY SLIDES
THE KEY TAKEAWAY
National Day for Staff Networks is an opportunity to highlight excellence in the field
Here are some selected links to for the resources and reports I discuss in the episode.
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