Food for Thought
Think of a time when you felt like a minority in a work group or team. What did it feel like to be a member of that work group or team? How do you feel you were treated? What were the advantages? What were the disadvantages? Were you able to contribute to your fullest potential? Why or why not?
Observe a diverse team at a meeting. What are the different kinds of diversity represented on the team? What are some of the advantages this team may have (if managed well)? What are some of the dysfunctional dynamics that may occur (if not managed well)? What dynamics, both positive and negative, do you see? If you were a consultant to this group, what advice would you give team members to enhance team performance?
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