Why We Need Cultural Intelligence With Diversity

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Cultural Intelligence is the ability to work effectively with people from any group any time, anywhere. According to the Harvard Business review a key predictor for success in this century is a person’s level of cultural intelligence. To be successful we each need to recognize the multiple identities in each of us, and the differences and similarities amongst us. To some…

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Ten Ways Diversity and Inclusion Can Foster Innovation

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Ten Ways To Foster Amazing Innovation Through Diversity Leadership   In this business era of speed, competition and globalization, innovation rules all. You never know where the next great product, process or profit builder will originate. Good Diversity Management and Culturally Intelligent Leadership can make the difference between repeatedly hearing mediocre ideas from the same people, or mining the hidden…

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How Unconscious Bias Traning Can Go Wrong

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A senior leader at a high tech company called and said, “Simma, I just spent an enormous amount of money for a training program about unconscious bias. It was very well received and people are still talking about how much they liked it,” he said. “However, nothing changed.” The demographics stayed the same, people of color, women, and LGBT people…

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Good Diversity Leadership, and Breakthrough Innovation #5 (of 10)

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5-Learn and recognize the different ways in which people are intelligent and contribute to the organization. Stop being stuck in recognizing and respecting only one type of intelligence (yours.) So often in my diversity and inclusion programs, people will make comments like,”I have no problem with people who are different. I respect everyone.” First of all, if you think that…

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10 Ways Good Diversity Management Can Foster Innovation #1

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In this business era of speed, competition and globalization, innovation rules all.  You never know where the next great product, process or profit builder will originate. Good Diversity Management and Culturally Intelligent Leadership can make the difference between repeatedly hearing mediocre ideas from the same people, or mining the hidden genius in your organization for breakthrough ideas. Conversely, not knowing…

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Diversity and Inclusion is Not Just Having an Open Mind

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A participant in one of my Diversity and Cultural Intelligence  programs this week said that it was just a matter of having an open mind. That’s like using the word “respect.” To many people having an open mind is being around people who are just like themselves. I don’t even know what that means any more. Most people think they…

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Take a Risk for Diversity Curiosity and Cultural Intelligence

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Diversity Management and Inclusion Action #3 Decide to be curious and interested in learning about other cultures. Are you willing to take a risk, observe other people’s behaviors and ask questions in appropriate ways? If you’re not interested or willing to view situations from another perspective, it won’t matter how many countries you visit, or diversity potlucks you attend.

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Cultural Competency is Limiting Diversity and Inclusion

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I’m tired of people talking about cultural competency. I’m not sure what it even means. It sounds like it is limited to “being good” at one culture, or just good enough to pass. I prefer to talk about cultural intelligence, or cultural flexibility which are processes to be able to interact effectively with people from any cultural group. Cultural intelligence…

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Employee Resource Groups; challenges and opportunities

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Employee Resource Groups  or ERGs, are organized networks of employees in organizations who have similar demographics, interests,  or life experiences, i.e,, veterans, women, Gen Y, people over 40, African-American,  people with various religious affiliations,  South Asian, etc. Early on, many ERGs began as a affinity groups formed to provide social and career support for their members.  As diversity and inclusion…

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Five Ways to Raise Your Cultural IQ & Be Culturally Intelligent

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 I’ve found ten key ways to raise your Cultural IQ.  Here are the first five. 1-    Decide to be curious and interested in learning about other cultures, and really understanding diversity in new ways. This means you’re willing to take a risk, observe other people’s behaviors and ask questions in appropriate ways. If you’re not interested or willing to view…

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