Sunday, December 18th, 2016
CELEBRATE ALL OF IT
Holidays and personal celebration can create conundrums for leaders in organization. What belongs in the workplace? What doesn’t? What can be celebrated? What can’t? It actually is a kind of all or nothing situation.
I vote all. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, The Songkran Water Festival in Thailand, Diwali Hindu Festival of Lights. Bring on the food, the traditions and let people see one another’s cultural background.
We need the richness, Diversity is messy. We are desperate for more than one way of thinking, being, celebrating, creating, selling, innovating, marketing, managing, leading to name a few areas that could benefit.
Don’t tame down Christmas so that it doesn’t offend anyone. Turn up all the other important cultural and religious celebration. Make all the equally loud and interesting and educating.
It is essential that we allow differences, respect differences and use differences to create organizations that work and flourish financially and as good places to work. Don’t do cosmetic shallow efforts to look inclusive. BE it with all the pain in the rear it entails.
It is the laboratory for your future, both products and people. In science and in the workplace, rich differentiation and development is what keeps things evolving