Diversity is a specialized term describing a
workplace that includes:
A Healthy Company Balances
Its Diverse Communities
Even as a healthy company pursues its own discrete
goals, the company views itself as interdependent with others stewarding
resources for the benefit of the larger communities to which it belongs. Leaders
acknowledge, honor, and constructively reconcile competing stakeholder demands.
The company treats everyone with dignity and respect...
Steelcase was founded in 1912 by people with a
strong commitment to integrity and doing the right thing for their
employees, customers, business partners, associates and neighbors.
In all of their diversity efforts, internal and
external, Steelcase sets the industry standard...
Anthropologists discovered that, when faced by
interaction that we do not understand, people tend to interpret the others
involved as "abnormal", "weird" or "wrong". Awareness of
cultural differences and recognizing where cultural differences are at work
is the first step toward understanding each other and establishing a
positive working environment. Use these differences to challenge your own
assumptions about the "right" way of doing things and as a chance to learn
new ways to solve problems...
To be successful in
today's complex, rapidly changing and highly competitive world, you must
embrace, manage and
synergize critical opposites. You can
and find a strategic
competitive advantage in an
context by seeking to leverage, rather than diminish, opposite forces.
People with different
cultural, educational, scientific, and business
backgrounds will bring
different frames of reference to a
problem and can
spark an exciting and dynamic
cross-pollination of ideas...
Creative Problem Solving:
Diversity at GE
"Integrated diversity" is a term
Jack Welch, the legendary former
GE, to define a
synergistic learning culture. He described
"integrated diversity" as the
elimination of boundaries between businesses and the transferring of
ideas from one place in the company to another. "Integrated diversity means
the drawing together of our different businesses by sharing ideas,
by finding multiple applications for technological advancements, and by
moving people across businesses to provide fresh perspectives and to develop
broad-based experience. Integrated diversity gives us a company that is
greater than the sum of its parts."4...
from Jack Welch
Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements