Diversity: The art of thinking independently together. – Malcolm Forbes
The notion of diversity has evolved tremendously through the years. Historically, workplace diversity translated into hiring goals focused on racial and sexual equality. But today’s organizations are recognizing that there’s sustainable strategic value in diversity that reaches beyond demographics.
Diversity of ideas, perspectives and life experiences enables organizations to innovate and compete more effectively in today’s global marketplace. Bringing together a broad spectrum of skills, expertise and problem solving approaches enhances outcomes in collaborative environments. However, for this kind of diversity to take hold in the workplace, it must be woven into an organization’s culture. And, like any aspect of corporate culture, it must start with leaders who embrace inclusive attitudes and behaviors.
Dialing Into a Different Kind of Diversity
How can organizations foster innovation by nurturing the “new” diversity? It’s a question on the minds of our own diverse TalentCulture community. And it’s a central lesson in a new book “Think Like Zuck,” by Ekaterina Walter, which examines successful business principles of corporate leaders like Mark Zuckerburg.
This week, we asked Ekaterina to join us, along with Silicon Valley product development executive, Rob Garcia, who leads diverse organizations in creating breakthrough HR technology products. The conversations were rich and lively – peppered with nuggets of wisdom that anyone can use to collaborate and innovate more effectively.
NOTE: For complete highlights from yesterday’s #TChat Twitter forum, be sure to watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.
TalentCulture Founder, Meghan M. Biro set the stage in her Forbes.com post: “Think Like Zuck: How Diversity Sparks Innovation”
#TChat weekly preview post: “Diversity in a New Key”
#TChat Radio Show: Our hosts sat down to examine the “human” side of innovation with Rob Garcia, Director of Product Strategy and Marketing at RiseSmart, the leader in next-generation outplacement solutions.
To frame the conversation, Rob wrote a thoughtful blog post, Intentional Diversity: 3 Ways to Create Organizational Strength and Talent Diversity.
#TChat Twitter: Rob again joined us – along with Ekaterina Walter – and hundreds of #TChat participants, as we opened the Twitter channel to a dynamic conversation about how to leverage diversity for better business results. Key tweets are featured below…
NOTE: For more highlights from yesterday’s #TChat Twitter forum, be sure to watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.
What are your unconventional definitions for workplace diversity?
“Different backgrounds. Different approaches. Different solutions. Shared success.” @talemetry
“Diversity of thought & experience gives ‘average’ a chance to be ‘great.'”@alliPolin
“More than statistical differences. Creative diversity, thought diversity just as important.” @LexieFO
How do leaders nurture and cultivate diversity?
“Be open to the unconventional. Note: Everything was unconventional at one point.” @SJAbbott
“Leaders nurture diversity by recognizing the value of “different,” publicly and decidedly.” @RobGarciaSJ
How does conventional diversity play into this?
“It happens organically, but diverse people must be brought together intentionally.” @martinamcgowan
“Diversity in the workplace is necessary to create a competitive economy in a globalized world.” @WeGoodify
What role does HR technology play?
“Digital villages are the now-next community of collaboration inside and out of organizations.” @ReCenterMoment
“HRTech puts too much focus on finding candidates’ keywords instead of their passion and company fit.” @MarcCibulka
“What current resume screening has in speed, it LACKS in ability to see diversity & potentiality.” @N_BarryJansson
How can leaders encourage this “different” diversity?
“Break away from your dept. Ask someone outside your dept to brainstorm ideas once in a while. You never know.” @LukiKit
“Leaders need to educate their teams and organizations about the value of including many different views.” @TerriKlass
“Celebrate success. Celebrate failure. Challenge inaction. Foster diversity. Gain innovation.” @aldampier
Closing Notes & Highlights Slideshow
SPECIAL THANKS: We’re grateful to Rob Garcia and Ekaterina Walter for bringing your understanding of diversity to TalentCulture events this week! Your ideas have inspired our diverse “world of work” community to reflect and and interact in ways that that we hope will make a difference in their respective organizations.
NOTE TO BLOGGERS: Did this week’s events inspire you to write about diversity or other workplace issues? We’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (include #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll pass it along.
WHAT’S AHEAD: Next week – as Valentine’s Day approaches, we’ll look at how employer/employee relationships have been redefined – and what it means for the future of work. Don’t miss “The Employment Romance is Over. Now What?” on #TChat Radio, Tuesday, Feb 5, at 7:30pm ET. And then #TChat Twitter Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7pm ET. Look for more details next Monday via @TalentCulture and #TChat.
Until then – we’ll see you on the stream!
Image Credit: Ortonesque
#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: “Innovation Through Diversity”
#TChat INSIGHTS: Diversity in a New Key
Storified by TalentCulture World of Work· Wed, Jan 30 2013 17:40:43