Embracing Diversity is an Essential element of a Succesful Company Culture
Diverse cultures, perceptions, races and communities can enrich our organizations. Diversity can create a potpourri of notions. beliefs, perceptions and new habits that can challenge our " Status Quo".Challenging our " Status Quo"
I love to give this example from the music industry, how musicians and singers dare to move out of their comfort zones in search for new sounds. A perfect example is the composer and singer Paul Simon, known in the past as " Simon and Garfunkel". Paul Simon continued his career in solo and had experienced and is still experiencing much success. He was not afraid to reinvent himself.
Paul spent a lot of time in Africa during the 90's in search for new sounds, and a new style. This resulted in compositions and interpretations of new songs that became huge successes. These new creations were filled with new rhythm and lots of percussions. These new songs offered the public more originality and a complete different style in comparison with what had been known and appreciated for decades. This trip also helped him discover new and very talented musicians!
During one of the past Jazz Festivals in Montreal, and I sincerely hope that there will be more in the near future, I loved to look at the wide variety of fans that would gather in front of the main stage near Place des Arts. I was very impressed to see how music breaks through all racial barriers. When looking upon all of these spectators, I became aware of the potpourri of people all united in listening to the same show and music. Different races, different age groups all united in one vibration, and in harmony sharing a common joy and pleasure.Different cultures can enrich our organizations
The same thing can apply to our Companies. Different cultures, races, age groups, can offer a different reality, a new style, and create a new vibration within our organization.
Their contributions can pull us out of our Status Quo, out of our comfort zones, enabling us to witness the emergence of new and original ideas, styles and creations. All can contribute to the " reason of being" and success of our businesses. Engagement, wanting to serve, and the desire to contribute to the rise and manifestation of the collective vision, are the driving forces that will allow everyone to move ahead in the right direction much more rapidly, as all will be working together toward common goals.