Meetings No 37
Ledare
Bara början
Politiskt Forum 2011 har målet att en politiker står på scenen.
Cover Story
Sebastien Tondeur
Möten är så mycket mer än logistik.
Årets mötes- och eventplanerare 2010
Hurra – vi vann!
Magnus Sallbring & Dr Gunnar Öhlén.
Psykologiska Mötesplatser
Sanning eller konsekvens
Hur människans möten kan leda till det ena eller det andra.
Omvärldsanalys
Framgångar
Oracle Open Worlds inställning till ett hållbart event.
DMC
Är du en wannabe DMC?
det finns alldeles för många DMCer som har på tok för låg kunskap.
Per Hörberg
Mai pen rai
Mötesuppror
Radar
IMEX 2010
Tillväxt och återhämtning
Robin Sharma
The Brilliance of Diversity
When you really think about it, it’s the people who see the world through a different set of lenses that actually serve to stretch your thinking and provoke new understanding (and provoke they do).
Hjärnkoll
Peter Gärdenfors
Dialogen skapar ett direkt möte mellan två människors inre världar.
MPI
Nätverk för mötes- och eventutbildningar
ger undervisningen ytterligare en kanal till mötesindustrin.
Roger Kellerman
Meetings@TUR
Return on Involvement = ROI²
platsannonser
Akademikonferens
söker Projektkoordinator till kontoret i Solna.
nyheter
Swedish Lapland
Skellefteå Airport
får pris som Årets Möjliggörare.
på nytt uppdrag
Stellan Eriksson
ny ekonomichef på MCI.
företagsutveckling
Bra Mässor
köper del i Oxbridge Live Media.
föreningar som utvecklar världen
Göteborg
värd för Associations World Congress 2019.
På nytt uppdrag
Siri Wikander
blir ny Director of People Growth på Scandic Hotels.
Awards
Vinstregnet
över Brunkebergstorg fortsätter.
utvecklande möten
Mjukvarukonferensen STEW
kommer till Malmö 2018.
Grönaste staden
Bygget av Växjös nya stads- och stationshus
beräknas starta april 2018.
nordiska smaker
Finnair inleder samarbete med
Tommy Myllymäki.
Långtidshotell
Forenom
blir Airbnbs största partner inom affärsresor i Norden.
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The Brilliance of Diversity

Imagine living in a world where every movie you see has the same story line. Imagine if the only choice of drink was water and the only flavor of ice cream was chocolate (okay maybe that one wouldn’t be so bad). Imagine that every conversation with every person made the same point. And imagine that every day had the same ending and that every thought reflected the same idea. There’s a point I’m getting to. Please stay with me.

When I go into organizations to help inspire, develop and elevate employees so they play at world-class levels (and I’ve been crisscrossing this planet on this Leadership Crusade for nearly ten years now), I often see mission statements espousing a respect for diversity. “We at ClientCo value differences and cherish diversity.” And, most of the companies I work with actually do. But here’s my question: Do you?

Do you really get the brilliance of diversity? When you really think about it, it’s the people who see the world through a different set of lenses that actually serve to stretch your thinking and provoke new understanding (and provoke they do). Sure they irritate you. They drive you crazy. Because they are not like you. But may I suggest that behind your irritation is the emotion of fear (big idea there). Not the terror on the darkness type of fear. More a fear of the unknown or a fear of having to leave the Safe Harbor of The Known (the worldview that you’ve had your whole life) and maybe see a new way of seeing things. No one likes to leave the shores of the home they know. Always brings up fear. Scary yes. For your ultimate growth and good. Absolutely. Never run away from what will help you grow and step into your greatness – no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel (that’s where courage and your natural bravery needs to be called into service).

Yup-diversity helps us in ways we cannot fathom. Makes us better (by a lot).  Those different people with different perspectives and different skin colors and different languages can equip you with your MILs (Most Important Lessons). The people and experiences that are different offer you the gorgeous opportunity to rethink the assumptions and closely held opinions you have lived your life under. Takes a ton of outright courage to open your mind – as well as your heart – and listen to what they tell you. Uber-uncomfortable to think that you might not be right. That the way you see the world (or whatever) just might be flawed in some way. Or that there may be a better way (of thinking or behaving or working or living). But unless you are willing to empty the cup that is full, no more can enter. And you just might miss out on your greatest possibilities. And your best life.