Helping leaders to lead diverse teams in increasingly complex, risky, and uncertain environments.

Since March 2020, the world has been engulfed in a pandemic that has resulted in massive personal and economic impacts.  Now many teams, comprised of different cultures and nationalities, are scattered between the workplace and home.

What does a leader need to know to inspire and lead at this time?

  • Strength lies in a diverse workforce
    There are multiple business benefits to be gained from incorporating different ideas, opinions and perspectives
  • Embracing cultural difference can create team synergy
    In addition to a more positive company culture, increased employee retention, and becoming the ‘go-to’ employer of choice
  • Many factors make up diverse teams
    Diversity includes age, religion, workplace – home or office, nationality, language, geography, and educational or task skills
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  • Diversity means being open to and curious about different perspectives
  • The Iceberg Model reminds us all of where our values and beliefs arise
  • Cultural dimensions as described by Hofstede can be useful
  • Beware of your confirmation bias – is it helping or hindering you?
  • Create space to allow for other people’s opinions, play with them, and do not judge them too quickly
  • Be mindful of your tightly-held beliefs – open up your mind to embrace different perspectives
  • Above all nations is our humanity. Stay curious. Stay open.
Geert Hofstede is well known for his pioneering research on cross-cultural groups and organizations.

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