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Cultural Quick Tip #8: The Art of Discovery

Today is the eighth installment of a new series for the Global Voice Blog. At the end of each week I will be posting a Cultural Quick Tip to promote broader thinking on the company and individual levels. These tips, along with their accompanying action steps, are meant to encourage everyone to work more effectively in a diverse workplace.

Cultural Quick Tip #8: 

The Art of Discovery 

Legend has it that coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder who noticed that his goats were too active to sleep when they ate beans from a coffee bush.

Sometimes the best discoveries come about by accident and in places we wouldn’t expect. High functioning organizations are those that pay attention to the ideas percolating at all levels of the organization, rather than focusing solely on key decision makers.

When an organization seeks a diversity of ideas, it needs to be open to insights from everyone, no matter what their role in the organization.

Action Step:

Establish a corporate value that invites creativity and “coffee” ideas from all corners of the organization.

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Cultural Quick Tip #5: Fostering a Multi-Ethnic Workplace

Today is the fifth installment of a new series for the Global Voice Blog. At the end of each week, I will be posting a Cultural Quick Tip to promote broader thinking on the company and individual levels. These tips, along with their accompanying action steps, are meant to encourage everyone to work more effectively in a diverse workplace.

Cultural Quick Tip #5: 

Fostering a Multi-Ethnic Workplace

When immigrants arrive in the new country, they create a “hyphenated” culture, i.e. Asian-American. In other words, while they may assimilate into the culture of their new home, they continue to maintain a connection with their home culture and to celebrate their cultural identity.

This rich tapestry of connections to cultural backgrounds privides companies with a wealth of resources to tap into.

Leveraging the cultural and linguistic skills of employees from different ethnic groups allows companies to both foster an inclusive work environment and nurture expertise in today’s diverse marketplace.

Action Step:

Provide a forum for employees to discuss what they consider to be their home culture and how this influences them at work.

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Cultural Quick Tip #2: Removing Fear

Today is the second installment of a new series for the Global Voice Blog. At the end of each week, I will be posting a Cultural Quick Tip to promote broader thinking on the company and individual level. These tips, along with their accompanying action steps, are meant to encourage everyone to work more effectively in a diverse workplace.

Cultural Quick Tip #2:

Removing Fear

Many people fear the word “diversity” and they respond with fear: fear of losing their job, fear of change in corporate direction, fear that they may say something wrong, fear of being made to feel guilty about their cultural identity.

This wall of fear is built over time, experience by experience, stone by stone. While a stone wall can be broken down with the blunt force of a bulldozer, a wall of fear must be dismantled piece by piece.

Action Step:

Help employees remove their fears one stone at a time by breaking down your diversity initiative into small, interactive steps that employees can incorporate into their daily routines.

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