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what makes individuals or groups unique,” said Alan Almasy, Ind. IIDA, director,
A&D programs and marketing, Herman Miller.
With these different definitions of, opinions on, and views of diversity,
the IIDA report addresses the ideas of inherent and acquired diversity traits.
Inherent includes those characteristics we are born with, like gender and race;
acquired traits include qualities like worldviews shaped by life experiences and
varying work styles. According to a number of different studies, organizations
are at peak performance—“operating at maximum creativity and critical thinking”—
when both types of diversity are present. As noted in the report, achieving
inherent and acquired diversity takes some time and effort: “It may be obvious
to determine a job candidate’s race or gender, but figuring out what type of
thinker they are will involve a protracted interview process.”
Some Roundtable participants got more personal and shared their experiences
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