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Leading with Your Legacy in Mind: Building Lasting Value in Business and Life by Andrew Thorn

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Chapter 11

From Accepting to Understanding

Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It’s a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.

—SARAH DESSEN

The past 25 years have presented me with regular opportunities to engage in many diversity initiatives, most of which have failed miserably. I hesitate to say that they failed, because I know what this admission implies. Too many people receive the news of these failures and interpret them to mean that the purposes of diversity are flawed. They use this interpretation to interrupt, disrupt, and even terminate current and future projects. We need to promote diversity. When we do, we have a better workforce.

The challenge is in figuring out what diversity means, where it appears, ...

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