Diversity or Commonality

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In management consulting being mindful of diversity and all its benefits and influence on success and satisfaction of stakeholders  is an important factor.  However, merely understanding diversity and enhancing one's Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is not enough.  There is another simple element often overlooked and underestimated for its effect, and that is simple commonalities among all beings, in this case human beings. The Vision of Healthy Organization is what we aim to create and achieve.

All living beings on this planet share the most fundamental resource for existence, which is the breath (Oxygen). The breath links every living being to themselves internally and to other beings externally. It doesn't take science to prove this. By mere attention, we could realize that every moment we are in the presence of another being we are connected to them through our breath. One inhales & exhales a breath and the other exhales & inhales a breath; who is to say which breath when it is out in the open belongs to whom! So while understanding diversity is so important for human socialization and co-existence, it is of utmost importance that we remember one most important commonality we share, the breath, which connects us, in addition to so many other common needs and desires.

As a leader in COMANDTM acknowledges and incorporates the infinite diversity in creation, the difference between closing a deal or successful negotiation vs. failed negotiations could very well be connecting to  core commonalities shared by diverse stakeholders.  An important and sensitive commonality among all humans is “The Need to Matter.”  This commonality is true not only for individuals of all cultures or backgrounds, but also for teams and organizations. Considering different entities might be at different levels of their Need to Matter, a leader in COMANDTM includes evaluating the level of clients' need to matter during Need Analysis processes. In order to fulfill client's need to matter, it is important to promote a culture of support, acknowledgement, and empowerment that further facilitates the means for success and well-being.

  

Our leadership seminars & workshops provide in-dept training sessions to understand  & leverage diversity and optimizing all there is through commonalities.  See our Calendar for these workshops / seminars.

 

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By: Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"I have a poem for you. This poem is about three of us. The first is a twelve-year-old girl, one of the boat people crossing the Gulf of Siam. She was raped by a sea pirate, and after that she threw herself into the sea. The second person is the sea pirate, who was born in a remote village in Thailand. And the third person is me. I was very angry, of course. But I could not take sides against the sea pirate. If I could have, it would have been easier, but I couldn't. I realized that if I had been born in his village and had lived a similar life - economic, educational, and so on - it is likely that I would now be that sea pirate. So it is not easy to take sides. Out of suffering, I wrote this poem. It is called "Please Call Me by My True Names," because I have many names, and when you call me by any of them, I have to say, 'Yes.'"

Please Call Me by My True Names

Don't say that I will depart tomorrow --
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.

The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his "debt of blood" to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.