Diversity

Embrace diversity. The best way to compensate for your own weaknesses is to pick teammates who have different strengths.

What does it mean?

For me, personally, diversity is more than just the ratio of male: female in the workplace. It’s more than gender, race, ethnicity. It’s about bringing a diverse group of people together from all kinds of background, with all kinds of experiences, to move towards a certain goal together. That goal can be personal, professional, corporate. The economic benefits of having a diverse work force has been well documented in several studies (linked below) but have you considered the benefit of having a diverse personal network for yourself?

Just imagine – you are a company or the CEO of a company and you want to take care your company further then it’s ever been before. What would you do? You would go out and hire the people who are best suited to serve your purpose, right? You would hire the best possible marketing guy to market your product. The best possible operations guy to run your factory.

When you fail to do that and instead choose to staff your company with your closest relatives or friends, regardless of whether they are qualified to do the job or not. What do you get? The company will fail to meet its production targets, decrease in productivity, stagnant sales, no growth.

Now imagine you are the company… is your personal network staffed with only your closest friends & relatives? Are they all birds of the same feather Do you spend your free times with the same people? always in the same social circles? Or do you expand your horizon, reach out to explore new areas, people, ideas, activities?

Depending on your viewpoint, your practices, you could either be heading up the ladder, expanding your horizon – mental or professional, or you may remain in the same place, nothing lost and nothing gained. So what are you doing?

 

Further reading on diversity & it’s benefits:

http://equalitymagazines.com/index.php/why-diversify/why-hire-diversity

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/labor/news/2012/07/12/11900/the-top-10-economic-facts-of-diversity-in-the-workplace/

http://saharconsulting.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/6-advantages-of-workplace-diversity/

http://www.oneworkplace.org.uk/controller6e39.html?p_service=Content.show&p_applic=CCC&pContentID=424

 

Loved this writing on a woman & her diverse circle:

http://www.chickensoup.com/newsletter.asp?newsid=article-daily-131206&utm_source=CSS_Email&utm_medium=Bulletin&utm_term=20110509&utm_content=css-orig&utm_campaign=daily

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Posted on December 7, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post, and I liked how you compared the personal model with the business model.
    It gave me much to think about

    Like

    • awww… thank you! I think I need to air out the rooms in my mind .. you know? let in some fresh air, fresh ideas, fresh people… to keep my brain interesting 😉

      Like

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