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Diversity & Inclusion: 5 Lessons from Top Global Companies
David is in charge of workplace diversity management at a global manufacturing company. He was recently assigned a seemingly basic task. "Focus on minorities," the executive sponsor of the initiative told him. "I'd like to see our numbers climb from 25 to 45 percent," he said.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

There is a significant relationship between competitive profit gains and diversity.

Companies with gender, ethnic and racial diversity are at least 15 percent more likely to experience...

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5 Lessons for Managing D&I

  • Recognize the Shift in Global Understanding of D&I.  Diverse thinkers come from a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Build an Inclusive Environment. All people ar...

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Cognitive Diversity

Cognitive Diversity

The concept of cognitive diversity focuses on diversity of thinking and is composed of four dimensions:

  • Perspectives. People represent situations in diff...

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Why diversity matters.

Diverse Companies with a wide range of employees enjoy broader skill sets, experiences, and points of view.

How to Increase Diversity and Boost Performance

  • Develop an equal opportunity policy.
  • Be transparent about hiring criteria.

  • Improve retention of minority workers.

  • Analyze problems and adapt. Train managers to spot their biases and avoid communicating in ways that unconsciously deter minority candidates.

  • Implement workplace flexibility.

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Challenge: Expose Biases too hidden to be seen.

Innovation: An identity survey with easily visible results.

Lesson: More than one social identity is examined at the same time and allows becoming aware of issues related to diversity and privilege.

How to bring the Identity survey to life

  • Do not overestimate your own competency. Life experience alone is not enough to become a diversity expert.
  • Broaden students’ perspective on privilege. A broad spectrum of topics that can reveal differences.
  • Demonstrate authenticity — and grace. Making cultural faux pas is an opportunity for teaching and showing grace.

  • Focus on solutions.  Awareness encourages motivation toward solutions.