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Magic of Diversity


Today I was talking to my boss about diversity and inclusion. It’s a popular topic in the workplace, especially in the HR crowd. But we weren’t having the normal conversation. We weren’t talking representation numbers or affinity groups or interventions. We were talking about magic.

You see, in my world diversity and inclusion doesn’t just mean race, gender, religion, etc. Yes, those are the outward, noticeable characteristics. But we were talking about diversity of thinking and inspiration. This falls right in line with my Myers-Briggs practice but we weren’t talking about that either.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were talking with someone with a totally different mindset, point of view, or lens on life. And in the conversation you strike a back and forth banter that moves your mind to new and different options. And out of those options comes the magic of innovation. You, together, create something so different that neither of you would have come up with it alone. It was a synergy of creative energy coming from different directions that collide in a spectacular wave of creation. That’s what we were talking about today. We’ve both seen it. We’ve both felt it. But we are at a bit of a loss in how to create it or enable it to happen in a more predictable way. If we could create a culture that not only enabled it but also was a catalyst for it we would crack the diversity secret code. We would transform our business and give a reason for diverse thinkers to crave our way of being.

Got any ideas? I’d love to hear it!

Create your magic and be blessed!

The whole enchilada


We have a concept in our company called “bringing your whole self to work”. With all the diversity and inclusion work that we do, that is our ideal goal. We do a lot to make our culture such that this is a reality and not just an empty slogan. The intent is that each person feels they can bring their individual passions, talents, skills, personality, and strengths to the workplace. And we are valued for who we are and how we see the world as a way to make our products better and our consumers more delighted. I love that concept and have been thinking about whether it is true for me. Here are the facets of myself that I do bring to work:

> Integrity/Moral Compass – I do not need to abandon what I believe in when I do my work and interact with people. This isn’t about religion but rather trust, honesty, respect, doing what’s right, etc.  This is so important – I would need to leave if this were not the truth for me.

> Passion for personality types – understanding what makes people “tick” and how they work together has been a long-standing passion and interest of mine. Being in HR and working with organization design and team dynamics is exactly what I need to be doing for this passion to come to work with me.

> Creativity – not just in problem solving, but also in creating a fun and energizing place to work definitely comes in with me. I especially love to bring this part of myself to “play” in my job. It’s much more about how I think and work rather than just what I’m working on.

> Compassion – is especially alive when I work with employee relations issues. I balance compassion for the person with doing the right thing for the Company. Being a principle-based company vs. rule-based makes this a lot easier for me to do.

> Spontaneity – while the workplace has much rigor in it, there are always opportunities for me to take initiative and be spontaneous within my own projects. For the most part, I’m the driver of my timing and schedule, which leaves room for my spontaneous side to thrive within the box.

> Leader – being in “middle management” brings opportunities to lead projects, as well as people. There’s a wealth of A-type personalities in my company so being a leader is important. I don’t just drive the strategies and priorities, but also influence the players. Leadership is an easy part of myself to bring and use at work.

> Humor – there’s nothing more fundamental to human beings than to smile and laugh. Luckily, I work with a group of folks who have just as much of a wacky sense of humor as I do. We get a big laugh quite frequently, which makes the hard work go down just a bit easier.

There are so many aspects of who I am and some do not translate into the workplace. That’s okay, because the ones that do relate all seem to be coming with me. I don’t feel like I’m abandoning “who I am” in order to do what I do. I know this makes me fortunate. I am grateful for the blessing.

What about you – do you bring your whole self to work? Are there some aspects of your personality, talents, or strengths that you leave at home because they are not valued? I challenge you to see if there is something you can do about that.

In the meantime, be whole, and be blessed!