“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Steven Covey
By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group
It’s a given that companies that want to become disruptive forces in their industry and avoid becoming a victim of disruption need, first and foremost, to understand and figure out how best to utilize emerging technologies. But there’s another essential ingredient that can give them an advantage that may be easily overlooked: a diverse workforce. Why?
The reason is that the world is much different from the way it was when most senior management grew up. Technology has dramatically changed the way people interact with each other and the world, but it has affected different ages and kinds of people to different degrees.
What’s more, America is much more ethnically and racially diverse than it was 60 years ago, consists of a greater variety of lifestyles and, more and more, its businesses compete in a global marketplace. Looking forward, these trends are only forecast to continue to strengthen.