The world is getting smaller by the day. Diversity is a fact of life. Diversity in markets, diversity in the workforce, diversity in the boardroom. Diversity is challenging. Yet diversity offers opportunities for innovation and growth. Our purpose is to find the Opportunity in Diversity.
Even within a single national or ethnic culture, cultural diversity offers challenges. Different professions have their own professional cultures. Accountants do not see the world the same way that engineers or salespeople do. Managers in rural areas face different challenges to those in the major urban centres. Each of those different perspectives has value. Does your organisation get the full benefit from them?
South Africa has its own unique diversity challenges. It is inevitable and imperative that the business world will become more inclusive, yet corporate South Africa is still dominated by Eurocentric corporate cultures. If not properly managed, cultural differences can inhibit communication and stifle productivity.
Constant innovation is a necessity in the modern world and diversity is a key to innovation. Is your workforce truly diverse or do you recruit in your own cultural likeness? If you have achieved a level of diversity, do your employees feel included? Are they empowered to contribute their ideas?
The growth of global markets is no longer confined to the ‘developed’ world. Whatever strategy businesses adopt to take advantage of this growth, increased diversity is inevitable. In most industries you are either globalizing or a target for those who are.
While communication is becoming faster, easier and cheaper, diversity among those with whom we communicate brings new challenges and opportunities. How well equipped is your organisation to build relationships across cultures?
We offer solutions to the various challenges that diversity presents, through a range of consulting and coaching services.
Let us help you to find and develop the Opportunity in your organisation's Diversity.
"The Jack Welch of the future cannot be me. I spent my entire career in the United States. The next head of General Electric will be somebody who spent time in Bombay, in Hong Kong, in Buenos Aires. We have to send our best and brightest overseas and make sure they have the training that will allow them to be Global leaders who will make GE flourish in the future"
- Jack Welch, CEO of U.S.-based General Electric
"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides or my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands
to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any." - Mahatma Gandhi