Finding Commonality in a Diverse World
When it comes to friendship, you probably wouldn’t give Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders much of a chance. From totally different backgrounds and cultures — White is African-American and from inner-city Baltimore, Sanders is Caucasian and grew up in Arkansas — they didn’t seem like they would click. Read More >
A Sound Environment: Finding Commonality in a Diverse World Video
Working with people different than ourselves isn’t always instinctive and deviation from our comfort zones can be hard. However, research shows that although homogenous teams make quicker decisions, diverse teams make better decisions. Through the lens of their 20-plus year friendship, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share their stories of how they have helped each other see their own blind spots, embrace their differences and empower each other to be their best. They’ll show you how to create an inclusive culture at your workplace or organization, where everyone is involved, and share the best communication styles to get you there.
When a symphony orchestra takes the stage, the audience hears 85 individuals of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and emotions all play beautifully together as one. So, how can they achieve such an amazing performance with so many different musicians? It takes a great conductor who creates a culture that celebrates cooperation, communication and collaboration in order to fulfill the mission of sharing the power of music. The orchestra and its leader become a unified team. In this conversation, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share the tools for any team — including yours — to do the same. You can get them to a place where they work in harmony, so they can manage controversy, communicate well and unify their goals to achieve a sound environment for success.
Study after study shows that diversity and inclusion in the workplace create higher levels of employee engagement, which leads to increased productivity, creativity and profits. Sounds awesome, right? Yes, it is but it may not be as easy to accomplish as you think. Hiring a diverse workforce is a great first step but that’s just the start. In this conversation with Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders, they explore the issues of creating an inclusive environment, where everyone is given a voice and employee recognition is as important as the bottom line.
What do Henry Ford, Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos all have in common? They all spectacularly failed before making it big. You can’t grow or learn without these tough life lessons. Failure is a building block to success. With lots of humor and heart, Drs. Richard White and Kevin Sanders share stories of their own missteps, how they try to prevent them and how you, too, can use your failures to lead you to success.
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