The Joy and Value of Diversity and Inclusion

John Dewey wrote: “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” Last July 2019, our weekly Three Minute Leadership note spoke of “The Joy and Great Value of Seeing Things Differently.” Today’s world is providing extraordinary opportunities to reflect on our experiences. These learnings not only remind us that we all see life through our own unique lens, but that this understanding implies and calls for a respectful acknowledgement and response to those differences. I humbly ask you to pause for a moment on the joy and great value of seeing things differently as we stand in the shoes of others.

Everyone has a beautiful uniqueness in their gifts and view of life. We are all wonderfully different in our own individuality, in how we see the world, understand ideas, perceive realities and relate to people. There is richness and abundance beyond belief in our unique gift to the world. It is often said  of Steve Jobs that he “imagined the unimaginable”. It was not unimaginable to Steve Jobs; it was who he was. He was simply different. So it is with each of us in our own world view. How each of us sees and responds to the world could possibly change the world… because we see it differently, not right or wrong, simply differently.

Great leaders understand and embrace the richness and diversity of these differences. For in their abundance and breadth, there are undreamed of possibilities for growth and change both in people and the world around us. May we recognize and embrace these differences and remember always the wise counsel of Wayne Dyer: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Aldous Huxley reminds us: “There are things known and there are things unknown and, in between, are the doors of perception.”

Let us open ourselves to all the richness of life and the wonders of those whom we serve as we stand in the shoes of others and see the world through their eyes. May we choose to adorn this openness and understanding with an extraordinary, actionable inclusion that brings life to thought and words. Verna Myers tells great leaders: “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

 

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1 Response to The Joy and Value of Diversity and Inclusion

  1. Mark Walier says:

    Great piece! It’s evident how important it is to not only accept others, but to include them as you would anyone else. Especially in the light of these current day events, it is always important to keep an open mind and walk a mile in another person’s shoes before making any quick judgement. I believe this is a virtue lost in some of our top politicians that causes a growing divide in the United States. However, I believe a great leader is able to understand the struggles of others and look at the incredible opportunity presented to them in situations of diversity.

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