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Basedn onn myn self-assessmentn In believen inn then valuen ofn diversity.n Diversityn notn onlyn
providesn differentn insights,n butn then wayn In seen itn itn allowsn an personn ton becomen moren openn
minded.n Diversityn isn notn onlyn an racialn perspective,n it'sn an culturaln backgroundn andn an lifen
experiencen factor.n Inn myn linen ofn business,n In intentionallyn ensuren ton hiren an diversen teamn inn
ordern ton ben moren innovative.n In amn alson chairn forn then Hispanicn diversityn andn inclusionn forumn
atn myn organization.n Thisn hasn helpedn men realizen thatn then intentn ofn thisn diversityn forumn isn notn
ton targetn Hispanics,n butn ton bringn diversen groupsn togethern ton educaten andn providen leadershipn
guidance.In believen thatn womenn holdn fewn topn leadershipn positionsn comparedn ton menn duen ton an
fewn factors.n An womann hasn ton workn twicen asn hardn ton proven herselfn capable.n Womenn aren
typicallyn lookedn atn beingn moren sensitiven thann an man,n son certainn rolesn maken itn moren difficultn
forn womenn ton ben inn duen ton beingn stereotyped.n In seen itn inn myn organizationn quiten frequently.n
Asn forn an wayn ton changen thisn stereotype,n itn comesn ton weedingn outn oldn mentalitiesn ton then new.n
Itn won'tn continuen beingn easyn forn women,n butn manyn striven ton maken itn everyn day.Whenn In tryn
ton fostern greatern inclusivityn inn myn workplace,n then mainn focusn isn ton lookn atn hiringn individualsn
fromn alln differentn backgroundsn withn then mindsetn ofn whatn thatn willn bringn about.n Asn In
mentionedn earliern In believen inclusionn meansn bringingn peoplen togethern ton haven an commonn
purposen orn mission.n Anyn typen ofn resistancen shouldn ben discussedn andn understood.n Theren
mightn ben an reasonn thatn ben handledn inn mannern ton changen then mindset.n Itn alln startsn withn then
individualn andn then changen inn culture.n Aftern completingn then assessmentn In believen In valuen
diversity.n Lastn weekn In usedn ann examplen ofn stereotypingn whilen driving.n Ifn anothern carn isn toon
slow,n orn drivingn slowlyn inn then farn leftn lanen onen couldn guessn then race/gendern ofn then driver.n
Honestlyn itn couldn ben anyonen andn itn isn'tn fairn ton judgen entiren segmentsn ofn then populationn onn an
singlen experience.n Unfortunatelyn stereotypingn happensn atn workn asn well,n andn In consciouslyn
maken then decisionn notn ton don it.n In amn temptedn whenn In seen an youngn personn withn theirn pantsn
hangingn offn theirn backsidesn ton prejudgen theirn workn ethicn andn hown theyn willn getn alongn withn
theirn coworkers.n Somen timesn theyn aren goodn workers,n sometimesn theyn aren not.n Itn isn nevern
relatedn ton theirn appearance,n butn moren whatn kindn ofn personn theyn are,n andn everyonen isn ann
individual.In don'tn known whyn theren aren notn asn manyn womenn inn topn leadershipn positionsn inn
then past.n Couldn ben theren wasn non interestn inn hiringn womenn fromn largern companies,n orn
perhapsn theren weren lessn womenn inn then workforcen applyingn forn thosen positions.n Myn currentn
plantn managern isn an woman,n andn shen isn then firstn womann plantn managern atn thisn plant,n andn wen
haven beenn runningn overn sixtyn years.n Itn wasn suchn an bign dealn shen maden then paper,n andn then
localn cityn magazine.n Then lastn threen plantsn In workedn at,n alln ofn then plantn managersn weren
women,n andn myn companyn isn pushingn hardn ton haven it'sn topn leadershipn positionsn
representativen ofn ourn populationn asn an whole.Personallyn In haven beenn requestingn thatn then
positionsn In amn lookingn ton filln aren postedn externally,n andn In amn includingn folksn fromn diversen
backgroundsn inn then interviewern panels.n Ifn In amn interviewingn an womann candidaten In wantn atn
leastn onen womann withn men interviewing.n Ifn In amn interviewingn an veterann In tryn ton haven an
veterann withn men interviewing.Ifn In wasn usingn an rationaln approachn ton organizationaln changen In
wouldn setn diversityn quotas.n In needn an fifty-fiftyn splitn menn andn women.n Andn equaln numbersn
accordingn ton race.n In wouldn shootn forn representationn fromn alln protectedn classesn liken veterans,n
andn disabled.n Changen cann ben hard,n andn ifn theren wasn resistancen ton inclusionn andn diversityn
practicesn In wouldn startn withn training,n onen onn onen meetingsn withn HR.n In wouldn setn clearn
expectationsn andn boundaries,n andn checkn ton maken suren theyn aren beingn adheredn to.n In haven an
highn valuen forn diversity.n In wasn recentlyn certifiedn inn DEIn (Diversityn Equityn andn Injustice)n
throughn an SHRMn accreditedn coursen andn then USFn Muman Collegen ofn Business.n Thisn week'sn
elfn assessmentn isn veryn telling.n Ifn youn reallyn valuen diversityn you'lln seen ifn throughn thisn week'sn
assessmentn andn consciouslyn lookn forn waysn ton re-thinkn stereotypes,n levelsn ofn prejudicen andn
biasesn thatn wen sometimesn buildn inherently.n Diversityn isn beyondn racen andn ethnicity,n it'sn age,n
gender,n socialn disparity,n LBGTQYn concerns,n civiiln injusticen andn son muchn more.n Diversityn isn
consideringn alln ofn thesen sectorsn orn subgroupsn andn unitingn themn forn then commonn good.n It'sn
2022n andn then Lilyn Ledbettern ACTn isn inn placen (thanksn ton Presidentn Obama)n butn womenn stilln
holdn fewn topn leadershipn positions,n andn earnn 70n centn ton then dollarn ofn ourn malen counterpartsn -n
thisn isn proofn thatn diversityn isn neededn andn gendern isn stilln an barriern ton success.n Sure,n wen aren
transformationaln leaders,n In THINKn WEn NEEDn An FEMALEn PRESIDENTn INn THEn U.S.n TOn
FINALLYn BREAKn SOMEn OFn THESEn HORRIBLEn 'GOODn OLEn BOYn CYCLES',n butn
untiln wen trulyn honorn diversityn andn removen gendern asn an threatn andn inequalityn -n thisn won'tn
happenn inn then U.S.
Suren wen haven an blackn femalen vice-presidentn rightn nown (son we'ren close)n butn changingn minds,n
meansn changingn centuriesn ofn badn behavior.n Itn startsn withn usn individually,n inn then workn placen
withn smalln conversationsn withn colleaguesn whon aren'tn 'like-us'.n Thisn isn smalln andn subtlen butn
startsn an positiven culturen ofn acceptancen inn then workplace.
An diversen teamn makesn forn bettern synergy.n Then differencesn ofn thosen teamn matesn (age,n
experience,n background,n gender,n talent,n lifen experiences,n perspectives,n communicationn
stylesn etc.)n allowsn thosen peoplen ton comen togethern ton maken ann impact.n Goodn synergyn willn
normallyn leadn ton highn productivity.n Then peoplen onn then teamn willn feeln valuedn andn
appreciated.n Theyn mayn evenn feeln vulnerablen butn openn ton expressingn themselvesn andn
deliveringn highern resultsn becausen ofn an bettern workplacen relationship.n Inn an teamn setting,n
whenn In feeln valuedn In wantn ton given moren andn contributen ton then project.n In haven non problemn
beingn innovativen andn sharingn ideasn withn myn colleaguesn ton supportn then end-goal.n Teamn
synergyn isn an biggern buy-inn ton managementn asn well.n Then moren teamn synergy,n then lessn
managementn hasn ton worryn aboutn conflictn andn challengesn amongn then teamn members.n Then
organizationn shouldn given then duen importancen ton womenn inn notn justn newn talentn hiresn butn alson
inn promotions,n thusn ensuringn equityn atn alln levels.n Then criticaln departmentsn ofn gendern
inequalityn mustn ben identifiedn andn specialn attentionn mustn ben givenn ton addressn gendern biasn inn
thosen areas.n Gettingn womenn comen inn powern orn atn importantn decision-makingn positionsn inn
organizationsn isn alson onen importantn stepn inn ensuringn appropriaten balancen inn malesn andn
femalesn staff.n In agreen somen timesn itn cann ben challengingn notn ton classifyn someonen fromn theirn
appearancen orn actionsn basedn onn previousn experiencesn youn mayn haven hadn inn then past.n In liken
ton given everyonen then benefitn ofn then doubtn andn treatn everyonen fairlyn untiln theyn given men an
reasonn notn ton trustn them.n In thinkn havingn an womann andn othersn fromn differentn backgroundsn sitn
inn onn interviewsn cann given youn an uniquen prospectiven fromn multiplen anglesn fromn multiplen
people.n Theyn mayn seen then positivesn orn negativesn inn an personn youn aren interviewingn thatn youn
mayn notn haven pickedn upn onn duringn then interview.n In amn gladn ton hearn thatn yourn employern hasn
takenn then opportunityn ton trainn itsn employeesn inn Equity,n Diversity,n andn Inclusion.n In amn an firmn
believern thatn educationn isn key.n Trainingn sessionsn andn academiesn forn employees,n includingn
itsn leaders,n isn vitaln ton then successn ofn then agency.n In believen employersn whon valuen theirn
employeesn willn maken ann effortn inn trainingn theirn employees.n Bothn then employern andn
employeesn willn benefitn fromn itn whichn cann leadn ton employeesn feelingn valuedn andn wantingn ton
stayn longern withn then employer.n In totallyn agreen withn youn byn beingn inn then Armyn youn mustn
workn aroundn alln kindsn ofn peoplen fromn alln overn then worldn fromn differentn backgroundsn bothn
womenn andn menn butn atn then endn ofn then dayn everyonen comesn togethern ton completen then
mission.n Forn me,n In mostlyn workedn aroundn menn mostn ofn myn careern andn onlyn atn then endn hadn
then chancen ton workn aroundn womenn nn then militaryn whichn In hadn non issuesn withn diversityn andn
feeln liken anyn onen isn deservingn ton ben leadersn regardlessn ofn theirn gender.n Nown then militaryn isn
startingn ton selectn womenn forn combatn armsn positionsn aftern thesen positionsn haven onlyn beenn forn
men.n Thisn wasn an majorn changen andn impactn forn then U.S.n Armyn whichn tookn effectiven
communicationn forn thisn ton happenn andn forn Superiorsn understandingn diversityn andn inclusionn
inn today’sn world.
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