On Demand - Career Conversations 39


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Published: 6/15/2023

Original event date: June 15, 2023

Career Conversation 39: Restructuring to harness the value of inclusive, high-performance teams

Numerous articles and conference sessions focus on the business case for diversity. They cite financial impact, improved decision-making, and more engaged and committed staff, among many other benefits. However, more recent research suggests that the mere existence of diverse teams is not enough to ensure these benefits. According to Robin Ely, the Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and David Thomas, President of Morehouse College, “what matters is how an organization harnesses diversity and whether it’s willing to reshape its power structure.” In other words, leaders need to see the value of the differences individuals bring to the team and create an environment that supports new ways of leading based on those differences. Panelists will share how they have embraced this challenge and the impact of these efforts on their projects and initiatives.