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Chapter 10. Success as a Team Player > Membership on a Diverse Team

Membership on a Diverse Team

We often hear that the right combination of talent among a team of people, when everyone is working together, can produce a sum greater than the total of each individual operating alone. This is true. Teams that work in harmony (the best possible horizontal relationships) are those that win the awards. Also, teams made up of culturally diverse people frequently have broader perspectives than teams of employees who all have the same background.

Have you stopped to think about how culturally diverse your environment is? If you haven’t, you may want to make some observations the next time you are standing in line on a campus, at a bank, at a fast-food restaurant, or at a post office waiting your turn. Recently for example, at a post office, a line with the following six people was observed: a young Latin American mother with a baby, a middle-aged African American male, an Anglo male teenager, an Asian American female, and an elderly East Indian male. While you may find your experience very different, what is described here is very commonplace in many geographical areas of the world.


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