Understanding How to Create a Successful and Diverse Team - Exercise

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Understanding How to Create a Successful and Diverse Team - Exercise

Understanding How to Create a Successful and Diverse Team

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes.

Answer the following questions and then discuss as a class.

  1. True or False: Management should tolerate individual differences so employees will see the benefit of diversity and acknowledge these differences.
  2. True or False: It is better to hire based purely on appropriate skills because it is easy to train someone to be open-minded and embrace diversity.
  3. Which of the following is NOT a suggested technique for successfully managing a diverse team?
    1. Recognize each of your employee's unique talents and abilities.
    2. Treat each of your employees fairly and equally.
    3. Be aware of the feelings and any tension within your team and intervene quickly.
    4. Require that each of your employees adapt to your meeting techniques and management styles.

Solution:

  1. False. Management must celebrate individual differences, not just tolerate them.
  2. False. Finding people with the right attitude who are open-minded and represent different ways of thinking is the key. It is generally much easier to teach someone new skills than to change their attitude.
  3. D. is not a suggested technique. You should assess your meeting techniques and management styles to make sure they work for everyone involved and adapt them as needed.