"Differences challenge assumptions."
Anne Wilson Schaef – American writer and lecturer
OVERVIEW - In the new global world and economy (large, meaning worldwide) diversity is king. Markets are now more diverse. The labor pool is more diverse. And almost every global company's greatest opportunities are in cultures different and more diverse than its home country's. Those organizations that best manage large diversity will be the winners. Managing large diversity starts with managing small—home country—diversity. Managing diversity is basically deciding which differences make a difference and enrich, and which differences don't. Once you have figured that out, managing is managing. However, until you see the benefits of large and small diversity, little change is likely. To do this, you'll need to learn to understand without judging other groups, see people more as individuals and less as a member of a group, understand your own subtle stereotyping (if any), make the business case for diversity, make a personal case for diversity by seeing it work, and treat some people a bit differently due to their lack of opportunity in the past.