Sunday 17 September 2017

Diversity - harness the differences to work together and achieve greatness

By Amanda-Jane Turner - Chief Editor and Manager of the AWSN official blog

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”-  Mother Theresa
I passionately believe in a diverse workforce and community to embrace all types of people with all sorts of education, personality, gender, race and culture to make the world better. Harnessing a diverse workforce gives access to skills, innovation and networks that otherwise may not be open to us; a diverse group together can achieve great things. 

Without diversity, workplaces and communities have the same types of people in the same types of roles doing the same things, with no new ideas, skills or positive disruption to encourage a change for the better.

Without diversity our ideas are never challenged, we will not learn and grow, we will stagnate and lose innovation.

I firmly believe that diversity is much more than gender, it is personality, beliefs, culture, race, education, ability and disability, background and preferences - it is acceptance and embracing of differences that can be harnessed to improve our work and our world.  What can we do to make diversity accepted and disrupt the stereotypes?

 This post has been created by A. Turner

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