Conformity: Diversity's Organizational Foe

I’ve long advocated via my blog that organizations prepared to meet the unique needs of Hispanic talent as well as  a more ethnically diverse workforce – “diversely-responsive” organizations – will attain a vital competitive advantage.  

And while I’ve always focused on visible factors such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, diversity is also important in non-discernible factors such as experiences, skills, values, and thinking style. The great advantage of diversity comes from leveraging ALL these differences. I think one of the biggest mistakes an organization can do is to have employees conform – follow one culture or norm. This essentially washes away all the unique benefits diversity has to offer – the good stuff.

The “global competitive future” we all talk about has arrived. It’s here. Organizations must be flexible, entrepreneurial, and global. It means they must be more diverse than ever before. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Watch this short video by Tom Peters on the power of diversity and how embracing it at ALL levels will leverage the variety of talents people bring to the workplace. (h/t to Trina Roach @360of Diversity for the video find!).