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Performance Synergy Insights

When considering the concept of workplace diversity, most think in terms of ethnic, gender or cultural differences.   There is an equally important perspective to consider: Behavioral Diversity.  Within every ethnic group, gender and culture we find diverse behavioral styles.  These differences in style can result in synergy and/or conflict. Most likely both.

What is Behavioral Diversity?

Here are some examples.

Are any of these styles especially good or bad?  Are any unnecessary?  It depends on their job requirements and their surrounding culture.  Is your organization or your team dominated by any one type of behavioral style?

teather ballWhy Foster Behavioral Diversity?

We can likely agree that an over-dominance of any of these different styles has potential downside.  Untethered cautiousness or optimism or forcefulness can lead to either flawed decision making or vacillation.  Behavioral diversity provides an oft needed tether for effective execution.

The Challenge

In mixing people with diverse styles, there is inherent conflict that is difficult to overcome.  The result is can be draining expressions of  emotions that range from anger to fear to impatience to frustration to indifference.  In order to make behavioral diversity to work for us instead of against us, we need to help our people to understand and value the need for diverse styles and viewpoints and realize that conflict, when properly managed, conflict is a vital and necessary component to achievement for any team or organization.

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