CHAPTER NINE

THE NEEDS OF THE MANY OUTWEIGH THE NEEDS OF THE FEW

Leveraging the Skills of Multiculturals and Building an Innovative Organization

The quotation in the chapter title is perhaps the most famous line in the history of the television series and movie franchise Star Trek.1 It is of course attributed to Mr. Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy), the pointy eared, green-blooded, half Vulcan and half human first officer of the starship Enterprise. Spock, like the multicultural people discussed in this book,2 was constantly forced to confront his multicultural identity. Spock’s difference forced his culturally diverse crewmates to be self-aware and to examine their own assumptions about the way in which their own cultural programing influenced ...

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