Diversity: The Art of Maximizing Differences

The key to successful inclusiveness is accepting that everyone has a unique and valid perspective. The ability to accept and validate others’ views is fundamental to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. This has a direct contribution to employee retention as well as contributing directly to building innovative products or services that have a direct bottom-line impact. Accepting differences in perspectives also eliminates potential conflict that frequently results from an inability to value these differences.

Program Description

Achieving acceptance of differing perspectives begins with understanding one’s own unique viewpoint. The purpose of this 4-hour classroom program is to increase participants’ awareness of how their individual collection of experiences shapes their reality. This includes:

  • our visual perception
  • what we hear
  • how we make decisions
  • our reaction to conflict
  • the way in which we shape their reality to support their perceptions.

This rich, experiential program provokes new ways of looking at diversity while providing tangible tools for recognizing one’s own biases. Participants complete a series of exercises designed to increase their self-awareness. They discover the way in which their unique experiences shape the world around them and shape their unconscious biases. Each exercise is followed by discussions regarding the impact of biases on their ability to accept diversity of thought, race, ethnicity, gender and generational differences.

Who Should Attend

People in leadership positions, team members and individuals working with a diverse employee group.

Program Results

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how individual filters shape perceptions and interpretations of events.

  • Discuss the root cause of communication breakdowns and how they relate to individual filters.

  • Describe how these filters influence the decision-making process.

  • Explain how life experiences define the things they are attracted to.

  • Better manage the triggers that underlie emotional reactions.