Rising Above Tall Poppy Syndrome: a Chat About Diversity & Inclusion with Lisa Mulligan

It's time to delve into the fascinating and often maddening topics of ambition shaming, gender bias, tall poppy syndrome, and the challenges faced in promoting equity and inclusion in both male and female-dominated industries. Meet today's guest, Lisa Mulligan, who brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective working in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Lisa is the founder of The Culture Ministry and host of the "A Dog Called Diversity" podcast.

In this episode, you will:

  • Learn more about the hurdles faced by women in male-centric business sectors.
  • Examine the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion endeavors in workplaces.
  • Understand the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on diversity initiatives.
  • Recognize obstacles groups encounter when rejoining the workforce 
  • Identify the significance of diversity and inclusive environments in organizations.


So What is Tall Poppy Syndrome, exactly?

Tall Poppy Syndrome is a pervasive cultural phenomenon where ambitious individuals are targeted and their successes are belittled due to resentment, envy, or fear. Women, especially those who are highly ambitious and driven, are often victims of this syndrome. Addressing this issue is important for achieving true equality and balance in the workforce. In this interview, Lisa & I discuss ambition envy and the role that privilege plays in undermining the achievements and potential of capable women. Mulligan's account highlights the breadth of this global phenomenon and establishes the need for supportive networks and self-understanding.

Mic Drop Moment: 

"If we don't have people that are ambitious, if we don't have people that see things differently if we don't have people that stand out instead of fitting in, where's the progress supposed to come from?" Diann Wingert

If this interview inspires you the way we hope it will, here are some next steps:

  • Check out Lisa Mulligan's website: https://www.thecultureministry.com/
  • Listen to Lisa’s Podcast: https://www.thecultureministry.com/a-dog-call-diversity-podcast 
  • Consider attending a diversity and inclusion training or workshop
  • If you are a business owner or leader, commit to diversity and inclusion within your organization and actively work towards creating a more inclusive workplace.
  • Support organizations and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion,
  • Educate yourself and others and have open and honest conversations about these topics with friends, family, and colleagues.

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Also mentioned in this episode, is one of my most recommended books for ambitious women, The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks: https://amzn.to/3BcPldh


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