The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

When we think about diversity, we think about factors such as race, gender, age, cultural background and many more. But diversity is about far more than hiring people to fit inside the right age groups or make the work statistics for gender equality look good.

Hiring people from different backgrounds, different ages and of different genders, open an abundance of opportunities for your organisation to grow in ways that you could not even begin to understand.

Coaching in business – Essential in our times while time is of the essence

I guess I started business coaching about 18 years ago, and I did not know. It started when I had my first management job, and instinctively knew that my subordinates’ ideas were different but not less valuable than mine. It started when I trained them to speak in a meeting, instead of speaking on their behalf and I proposed them for the challenging business trips, while I remained ‘at home’ dealing with the politics. It started when the concept of ‘coach’ was referred to sports and, in business, at most you had a trainer or an HR counselor.

The word ‘culture’ originates from the Latin word “colere”, translated as to build on, to cultivate, to foster. Many authors have attempted to define the meaning of the word, and there are many schools of thought regarding the term. Hofstede wrote one of the most cited explanations of culture in 1991 who refers to culture as the “collective programming of the mind.” 

Throughout my career, repeated successful and less successful experiences have given shape to the concept of optimism in times of change. People who cruise through change without too much bruising, often emerging stronger than before, display the signature traits of optimistic people.