What is diversity in an organization? The best way to define it is to explain what it isn’t. Diversity isn’t just a box that needs to be checked on a Human Resources form. It isn’t finding that single African-American or woman to sit on the board. It isn’t a picture on a web site, a lunchtime seminar or a poster in the break room. These are all visible aspects of an intentional push to include a variety of voices, but they are not diversity in and of themselves.
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I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. One thing I loved about this cruise was the diversity of cultures of both the crew and the fellow cruisers. There were 42 countries represented from the cruisers and over 50 countries from the crew.
Building Trust: Allow your team to take risks and make mistakes while creating innovative solutions.
Booker T. Washington, the famous civil rights leader, understood the importance of earning and giving trust. He was the son of a slave woman and a white man and was 8 years old when slaves were legally emancipated. He collaboratively worked with some of the wealthiest white Northerners and the founders of the African-American movement to fund schools for African-Americans looking for their place in a new, free, but segregated world.
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned about being true to myself was while serving on the HP PRIDE Executive Advisory Board. I consider myself an ally to the LGBT community, which means that I openly support the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people. As an executive, I was asked to serve on the advisory council representing my business group at HP.
Can leading an organization or project with challenging goals, occasional turmoil and never ending change be fun? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, if it’s not fun then why bother? Obviously the popular answer is ‘because I need to make a living!’ I do understand and fully appreciate everyone’s need to bring home a paycheck; I do not mean to patronize this basic need.
With all of the efforts over the past 4 decades on diversity and women in leadership, there continues to be a huge gap. Women represent over 50% of the populations yet in the US continue to represent less than 17% of the C-Level (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, etc…) and Board of Director Seats. Why is this?
The New Leadership Imperative: Top ten things you must build into your leadership toolkit to thrive in the next decade
The world is evolving at a rate that is challenging everyone to keep up! As leaders we must evolve with these changes in order to be successful. There are many dynamics that come into play in the business environment, and life in general. We have globalization of our economy which translates into many cultures coming together in organizations and throughout your customer base.
Last week I had the honor of spending a couple of hours with two amazing young ladies thanks to an introduction by my friend John Kunhart – thanks John! First let me describe Sara, a student at MIT studying Math and Computer Science. She is spending the upcoming summer in New Zealand as one of the programmers for the special effects for the Hobbit movie that is being filmed on location – how cool is that?!
There are a myriad of choices to be made that can work for women in the workforce and for men as well. By automatically dismissing women who chose to have families as viable contributors to the organization, you lose the value of bringing diverse talent and perspectives to the business challenges.
In the past couple of years I have been on a mission to align what I am passionate about with my life purpose. In doing this I had to first ask myself two questions; what am I passionate about? And what is my life purpose? These are not easy questions; particularly the second one that is ever elusive to so many of us. I pondered the ‘purpose’ question for quite some time.
The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization
"Woven Leadership is one of the freshest concepts in the field of building a vibrant organization that will empower the reader to a new standard of excellence and performance. A must-read for all managers desiring to be their best!"- Todd Duncan, New York Times best-selling author
"Kim Box's Woven Leadership shows how much stronger you and your team will be when different types of people and talents are woven together." - Jennifer Basye Sander, New York Times best-selling author and speaker
Introduction to Woven Leadership
"It's time to start recognizing that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, demographics and life experiences. We must see diversity as a secret weapon to be exploited in order to build the most successful organization. And we must also acknowledge that acting based on our own authenticity is imperative to weaving together the strength of the very fabric of the organization. We will explore why diversity and authenticity are now requirements for any organization that wants to succeed." - Chapter 1-Woven Leadership