Diversity or Discrimination?

February 03 2019
By: Terry L. Mathis

Many senior executives I advise tell me how diversity makes their organization stronger. In some cases that is absolutely true, but those are the exception and not the rule. Diversity potentially produces a larger selection of options but not necessarily better solutions. Many of my clients are companies formed through multiple acquisitions. Each acquired organization is viewed as a source of diversity, but is more often a source of discrimination. One organization has more holidays, higher pay, more advancement opportunities, more participative managers, and the other organizations are jealous.

Diversity or Discrimination? Whether it is a diversity of opinions or of cultures, the strength is not in the number of differences but in the sum of the parts. Great organizations have a vision and a rally cry that encapsulates all the sub-cultures and micro-climates. It recognizes differences of tactics but creates unity of strategy. Organizations that do not do this unifying risk being torn apart from within.

Terry L. Mathis

Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.

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