It’s rare to find any sizeable company that doesn’t have something to say on the subject of diversity.
However, many of those same organisations are also wont to wax lyrical about their “unique culture” and the “Company X Way” of doing business.
Reflecting on my earlier post on the language of diversity, it struck me that a genuine commitment to diversity and a strong corporate culture ought to be mutually exclusive.
After all, a genuine commitment to diversity is characterised by the phrase, “come in, and now we are a new group.” If we truly respect and value difference, then the group dynamic is redefined by each new member.
Strong cultures, on the other hand, suggest good, old fashioned brandwashing: “come in, and we’ll show you how to be just like the rest of us.”
Intriguing insight or pointless postulation? You decide!