Diversity. How to Encourage Companies to Really Embrace It
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences.
These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
In this edition we try to find an answer, and offer suggestions, to the question of how to encourage companies to really embrace diversity. We also take a closer look at our role as coaches. What can we do to embrace diversity?
Is it our role to celebrate diversity or should we celebrate ‘sameness’, as Leon Vanderpol suggests? “Diversity management is getting to be a crowded field…but sameness awareness is our blue ocean”.
I hope this edition offers you some food for thought and helps you think about what kind of world you would like to live in, and how you can help promote it.