Dixie Darr

In creativity, Learning, work on January 12, 2007 at 8:46 am

Diversify

“One of the shining qualities that heroes possess is the willingness to be educated by all things. Gregg Levoy, Callings


Last month I started teaching a course in cultural diversity for the first time and was surprised to realize that my students (mostly in their 20s and 30s) had lived their whole life under anti-discrimination laws. Their world view is much different from mine.

Although they can’t really imagine a world where discrimination is legal, they came up with this impressive list of the benefits of working in a multi-cultural group:

  • Creativity
  • New Ideas
  • International Relations
  • New Skills
  • New Technology
  • Becoming Encultured
  • Learning New Languages
  • New Communication Skills
  • Different Values
  • Backgrounds
  • Work Ethics
  • Different Opinions
  • Experience
  • Potlucks
  • Friendships & Socialization
  • Being more interesting
  • Teamwork
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Free Channels of Communication
  • Advancement
  • Knowledge from Different Cultures
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Employee Empowerment
  • Increased productivity
  • Adaptability
  • Mentoring
  • Self-Growth
  • Work/Life Balance

©2007 Dixie Darr. All rights reserved

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