T he research is in: teams made up of people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and decision making styles produce innovative solutions. Diverse teams are highly creative teams that provide organizational value. But only when managed properly. Sometimes our differences – not just in ethnicity, but in age, gender and even work styles – can lead to behaviors that cause conflict, frustration and hurt feelings. Team cohesion suffers, and productivity can plummet. The secret to managing diverse teams is simple: create and maintain an inclusive work culture that respects, values and utilizes the strengths of all global team members.
Our Diversity Advantage program introduces leading edge brain research that explains how our brains work, and how we can use new insights about our mental processes to effectively navigate diverse work teams.
While there are many common problems surrounding global diversity, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every organization is unique, and deserves a targeted learning strategy that aligns with its values and specific challenges.
We combine experiential exercises and Action Stories with facilitated group discussions about real world situations. Tiered skill building allows participants to practice new behaviors and apply them to everyday business situations. Diversity Advantage workshops are available as half-day modules and full-day Master Classes. Consider a custom designed Diversity Advantage learning event for your next retreat or all-hands meeting.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Reducing Stereotype Threat
Consortium for research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations