Teamwork in Diversity. Is it possible?
I lead a team of people from different countries, cultures and faiths. Working in such environment presents challenges as well as opportunities. There is not a one size fits all solution to overcome these issues.
How do I get those individuals from different walks of life to come and work together to achieve a common goal despite all our differences.
Then I stumbled upon this interesting article in Forbes:
“Diversity Is Required To Make A Company Strong, But Unity Is Required To Make A Company Successful”, Amy Rees Anderson , http://www.forbes.com/sites/amyanderson/2016/10/06/diversity-is-required-to-make-a-company-strong-but-unity-is-required-to-make-a-company-successful/#79e21f87618c (Accessed on 12 Oct 2016)
The article brought up several useful points:
3 things to create unity:
- Learn the points of views of others
- Appreciate differences
Coming back to the idea of teamwork, yes -it’s possible to have a successful diverse team but the main point will be Unity. I’ve added some points to ponder:
- Building trust
- Keeping your word
- Providing your support
- Fair treatment
- Everybody is important in the team no matter how small or big your title or job scope
Well, this list could go on and on … but to summarize, all of us have to put our differences aside at some point, check our egos, agree to disagree and keep moving forward, bearing in mind our common vision and mission within the organization. Uh one more thing, at times your patience will be tested.