Malcolm Forbes, the man behind Forbes Magazine, described diversity as "the art of thinking independently together." Diversity is more than a directive from HR, it is an incredibly powerful strategy all modern businesses need to harness to effectively compete in the modern world.
Diversity in the workplace brings more than just good public relations. Studies by McKinsey have shown that racial and gender diversity are drivers of performance, "diversity is a competitive differentiator shifting market share toward more diverse companies." Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better, to anticipate alternative perspectives and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort leading to a better performing team.
But, as some of you may know, harnessing diversity is challenging. Throughout human history, we have worked in homogeneous groups. Hiring Managers have gravitated to people who are like them, hiring people for ‘cultural fit’ and using induction and training to shape those candidates that weren’t quite right. However, now we need to change, dramatically, and many leaders, businesses and employees are struggling with this transformation.
Presented by Daniel Murray from Empathic Consulting, this complimentary breakfast talk will take us through a number of the key challenges you may face and provide tips on how businesses can build diverse, high performing teams – which is crucial in the world of business today.
What you will take away from this event::
- Why is Diversity so important?
- Why is Diversity so hard?
- What do we need for powerful diverse teams?
Building high performing, diverse teams requires more than just quotas and good intentions. It needs a strategic rethink of processes, systems, leadership and culture and let’s be honest, it can be quite difficult. However, if we are to change, grow and innovate as an organisation, we need diversity. It encourages different perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving. Research has shown that ultimately, racial and gender diversity can improve the bottom line of companies and lead to unfettered discoveries and breakthrough innovations.
This session is ideal for:
- Leaders of Organisations
- Hiring Managers
- Head of Human Resources