“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”
“Globalization” is a business buzz word. But if you don’t work for an international company, why should you care? Your facility is here and your customers are here.
Globalization doesn’t mean that you or your organization have to do business internationally. It speaks to the rapidly shrinking world, thanks to technology and broader opportunities extended to people of all countries, as well as socio-economic and educational levels. As the world gets smaller, understanding the value of diversity and different cultures becomes paramount.
A culture defines how its members think, believe, behave and communicate. So, it’s imperative that we all learn at least a little bit about other cultures, because we are more likely to manage employees with a broad range of diversity than ever before in history. For managers today, knowing about and appreciating other cultures isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.
There’s no possibility of covering a topic as broad as cultural differences in a short article. But we can hit on a few suggestions and point you to other resources.
1. Different doesn’t mean wrong
The more insulated we are, the more we think our way is right and other ways are wrong. That’s not true — they’re just different. By being open to listening to other perspectives, we expand our own repertoire of effective skills.
2. Diversity increases innovation
Because we don’t all think or behave the same way, having diversity in our workplace enhances creative ways of thinking and dealing with challenges. The key for managers is to ensure a tolerant atmosphere that encourages and celebrates difference.
3. Diversity increases organizational reach
Including diverse populations in the workforce allows organizations to learn and expand their reach to customers, vendors and financing sources. It offers chances to grow and thrive in a rapidly changing world and to stay ahead of competition.
So how do you learn about different cultures? Geert Hofstede, a Dutch social psychologist, defined cultural dimensions of countries based on a lengthy project he conducted for IBM in the late 1960’s. You can see them on his website. Another good resource, Diversity Executive offers a free subscription to their magazine and free webinars.
Being open and aware of diversity is your first step to harnessing the power of all your employees. The next step is going beyond tolerance and moving toward understanding and acceptance. This will make you a better manager — and make your organization a better place to work.
Laurie Glover is an organizational development professional with extensive international experience in corporate training, academia, and sales and marketing management. Glover is CEO of QSTS, a consulting firm that helps organizations and individuals move from “good” to “great” by igniting organizational excellence. The firm specializes in workplace learning programs on leadership, management and supervisory skills, and in programs for lawyers and accountants in building their practices.
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