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The Business Case for Cultural FlexibilitySome Thoughts Your organizational culture must be open to diversity; otherwise this effort will fail Managers and supervisors need training and education on valuing and managing cultural flexibility Improving cultural flexibility is not easy; no worthwhile organizational change effort is easy Leadership must commit to a long-term vision of cultural flexibility
Cost of Lack of Cultural Flexibility The Business Case for Building Inclusive WorkplacesAs today’s U.S. and Global markets become increasingly diverse, businesses are adapting in order to stay competitive, reach new markets and maintain the highest quality of staff. Here are some ways a well-managed multi-cultural and diverse workforce contributes to long-term business success.Diversity enhances the quality of problem-solving and innovation.Many studies now show that diverse teams view situations from a broad range of perspectives, producing more creative solutions to problems and greater product innovation.Workplace diversity enhances productivity.When employees feel valued, they can perform at their fullest potential and highest productivity.
Some more food for thought Customers and markets are changing.Customers are becoming more diverse. For many U.S. businesses, growth means new international markets. Businesses that reach and understand new customers, markets and cultures will create and maintain marketing and business advantages.The workforce is changing.The workforce is becoming more diverse as the 2000 census data demonstrate.Cultural diversity affects costs in many ways.Managing workplace diversity effectively can save money by attracting top talent, reducing turnover, developing the potential of all employees, and preventing costly lawsuits.Companies with women and people of color in executive positions and on their Boards of Directors outperform the stock performance of companies without women or people of color in these positions.
D.A.I.R.™ to Be DIVERSE The Diversity And Inclusiveness Rating (DAIR™ ) is a self-assessment tool that evaluates the degree to which an organizations and individuals apply principles and practices to build and sustain an inclusive environment. D.A. I. R. assesses levels of awareness, knowledge, behavior and impact readiness based on a self-evaluation of the frequency with which participants engage in specific behaviors and practices. The DAIR™ report illustrates cultural flexibility levels and identifies strengths through answers to individual questions
Cultural Conversations The DAIR™ assessment tool is include BrainPower’s Diversity and Inclusion facilitated Cultural Conversations. These conversations help to enable your organization to support and leverage a wide spectrum of workplace diversity through an “open culture” that is characterized by inclusive methodologies, practices, systems and procedures.
Cultural Conversations Improve the Corporate Culture The key to using culture to improve performance lies in matching culture or attributes to organizational goals. Advocating Cultural Flexibility decreases costs and increases employee productivity
Cultural Flexibility Applications Global Leadership and Management Development Cultural Inclusiveness Development Global Market Innovation Team Collaboration Global Organization Performance
D.A.I.R.™ to Be DIVERSE DAIR Application: Managing change and identifying enable synergies across business units: Cultural conversations across regional, national, functional and traditional diversity factors DAIR Application: Cultural Transformation through sensitivity to differences and appreciation for diverse perspectives and opinion. DAIR Application: Strategically build a globally inclusive and unifying organizational culture poised for business growth objectives, market expansion, innovation, collaborative excellence and talent development.
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