Diversity in thinking is critical for BIG problem-solving, truly innovative thinking and bringing fresh perspectives to the table. Unfortunately many perceive it as risky and even threatening. Though none of us like to admit it, business-as-usual is safe and often even desireable
Most of us are not familiar with or comfortable engaging in open, direct conversations. Prerequisites include: Patience, respect, humility, and a willingness to have our position challenged.
The mark of a truly diverse company is when leadership not only tolerate but welcome dissent and divergent views.