In an attempt to make sense of why diverse workplaces continue to face challenges perhaps we should start with what is understood by the term ‘diversity’. The Oxford Dictionary defines diversity as the state or quality of being different or varied; or a point of difference. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines diversity as the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, opinions, etc. or the state of having people who are from different races or who have different cultures in a group or organisation.
Another factor in Burns' rise has been the strength and depth of Xerox's commitment to diversity. One-third of Xerox's 3,819 executives are women and 22% are minorities.
Diversity fosters innovation and creativity through a greater variety of problem-solving approaches, perspectives, and ideas. Academic research has shown that diverse groups often outperform experts.
My colleagues and I have seen time and time again that employing people from different backgrounds and who have various skills, viewpoints and personalities will help you to spot opportunities, anticipate problems and come up with original solutions before your competitors do.
Surrounding yourself with people of different backgrounds—including gender, race, geography, socio-economic and personality types—will help round out your conclusions. You really don’t need another you.