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Managing Diversity In Your Organization

In the last number of years 'diversity' has become a word that has been thrown around so much that it has almost lost its meaning to some.

At its truest form, you could take any two people and have diversity. There is nothing exactly the same about any two people. I will take it even one step further, you could have two while middle-class males and you would still have diversity.

Many articles have been written about the benefits of diversity in the workforce - a quick Google search would reveal them. Yet, I have seen very little in the area of managing diversity. And regardless of how beneficial diversity may be, if you have no clue how to lead or manage diversity you are not much further ahead.

As a quick aside, if all you are doing is including diversity in your organization for the benefits of diversity you are not honoring diversity, you are using it as a transactional leader. A transactional leader is someone who uses and values others only for the purpose of exploitation.

At the onset, I said that you could take any two people and you would have diversity. So you can be sure that you have diversity in your organization (at very least) in terms of temperament and soft skill sets. Yet the issue remains that many managers and leaders have no clue how to bring that diversity together for the betterment of the team and for the enjoyment of the individual employees.

In order to manage and lead the diversity of temperament and soft skill sets you must be able to measure them, quantify them, and then know what to do with that data. I have heard from many senior leaders that they used some type of system to find that data but then they had no idea how to put that data into action.

We help you uncover the data around the diversity of your employee's temperaments and soft skill sets. Then we help you put a plan into action that both generates values from those differences and values the employees.

I can guarantee you that if you leave that diversity unmanaged it will cause interpersonal issues.

Don Cruickshank, MALM (Masters in Leadership & Management)

*Certified in Team Leadership

*Leading From Your Strengths Certified Trainer, Coach, Consultant

- Empowering individuals and organizations towards creating successful futures 

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