Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace. The “all areas” part is important.

Diversity and inclusion are two interconnected concepts—but they are far from interchangeable. Diversity is about representation or the make-up of an entity. Inclusion is about how well the contributions, presence and perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated into an environment.

An environment where many different genders, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations and identities are present but only the perspectives of certain groups are valued or carry any authority or influence, may be diverse, but it is not inclusive.

When everyone in the team is aligned, “on the same page”, all team members are clear about what they are doing and why they are doing it and are committed to fulfilling their responsibilities to achieve the team’s goals.  As a result, highly aligned teams become high performing teams.

This level of alignment can only be achieved when there is a high level of trust in the team.

The trust assessment will accurately pinpoint exactly which level of alignment currently exists in the team.  Is the team in the bottom quartile, the second, third or top quartile?  Specific trust-building behaviours are needed to increase alignment and move a team to higher levels of performance. 

High-performance teams outperform other similar teams and outperform what you would expect of the team given the make-up of the team.  A champion team will outperform a team of champions!

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