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Fuel growth by embracing diversity and inclusion

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Organizations that are invested in the future know that diversity and inclusion aren’t platitudes — they are key to sustained growth. Recent studies have shown that diverse and inclusive operations tend to be more innovative, generate better ideas, and capture new markets.

It’s not enough to simply recruit a diverse group of individuals — although that is a critical first step. Leaders also need to build teams where different talents, experiences, and perspectives are brought together to tackle complex problems.

In our new strategy+business blog post, How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams, we explore how organizations can get the most out of diversity by building real teams. In Inclusion is More Strategic Than Ever, we share steps organizations can take to reinforce diversity and inclusion during fraught political times. And in the PwC article, Inclusive Recruitment Debunking Stereotypes, we look at recent research that discredits commonly held stereotypes about gender in the workforce.

Harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion is not without its challenges. But by building teams that embrace and elevate these values, you will attract high performers and loyal customers alike.

Featured Foresights

How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams
s+b articleApril 3, 2017
Diversity may be key to surfacing innovative solutions, but there are challenges inherent in bringing together people with different backgrounds, identities, skillsets, and experiences. The solution? Equip employees to collaborate by creating real teams.
Inclusion is More Strategic Than Ever
s+b articleNovember 30, 2016
Trust is essential for effective collaboration. Yet trust may feel in short supply in today’s highly partisan climate. To create a culture where people feel ready, willing, and able to work together, leaders need to knit their diversity initiatives into their organizational strategy.
Inclusive recruitment debunking stereotypes
PwC articleNovember 30, 2016
Creating inclusive teams starts with recruiting a diverse workforce. Recent research into gender stereotypes offers leaders a new lens with which to view their own recruitment strategies.

Katzenbach Center Foresight archive

December, 2016
Do you find yourself making the case for paying attention to the "fuzzy" side of the business — the intangible emotional forces that exist beneath the surface?
July, 2016
In this issue, we share three articles that explore the interplay between teams and culture - how teams respond and contribute to the culture that surrounds them, and conversely, how culture can enable and accelerate real teams.
April, 2016
Our research has found that organizations that focus on what’s best about their current culture have a higher degree of success at accelerating change and implementing a strategy that works.
July, 2015
Today's health companies must focus on the positive aspects of their cultures to create self-reinforcing behaviors and productive mindsets. Learn how these companies can navigate the elusive and often rocky issue that is company culture.

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