The Opportunity of Diversity in a Global Context.

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As a follow-up to our last conversation with Dr. Bernardo Ferdman, we now address his comments on some of the skills needed to become a successful global worker. In his opinion people need to separate their actual experiences from previous interpretations. That is, the meanings we thought were truisms may in fact change across cultures, so dealing with diversity by including those interpretations is a key driver to success.

Moreover, Dr. Ferdman sees globalization as a great opportunity to improve individual, group and overall workplace performance. Knowing and understanding the cross-cultural differences may result in a better world in which to live.

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Diversity Is a Fact of Life.

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Dr. Patricia Arredondo, dean of the School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, shares her thoughts about diversity in the workplace. She is recognized for her scholarship and practice in four primary areas: development of multicultural counseling competencies, research on Latina/o issues in the workplace, consultation on organizational change through a focus on diversity and research with immigrant groups.

In the video, Dr. Arredondo suggests that companies look beyond the “surface” aspects of diversity in order to achieve the maximum benefits from it. The broader concept of diversity (life experiences, worldviews, educational backgrounds) will challenge stereotyped thinking and allow organizations to understand their workforce.

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Bernardo Ferdman: Developing Cross-Cultural Skills.

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Dr. Bernardo Ferdman, interviewed by The Center for the Study of the Workplace, shares his insights regarding Multidimensional Diversity. He is professor in the Organizational Psychology programs at Alliant International University. He consults, writes, speaks and teaches on diversity and inclusion, multicultural leadership, Latinos/Latinas in the workplace and bringing one’s whole self to work.

Dr. Ferdman acknowledges the importance of having a multilingual workforce, but firms and employees need more to succeed in an international environment. They have to understand cross-cultural differences, such as values and competencies, in order to develop what he calls “cross-cultural confidence”.

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