The Power of Diversity

Usually, when we hear the word diversity, it is in the context of race, gender, or religion, but diversity is important in every category.  Below is a nugget about diversity as it regards conflict management, team engagement, and organizational health.  Patrick Lencioni continues to deliver well on needed topics for growth.  Read below.


“…the power of diversity, and the reason why it remains so misunderstood and under-exploited in most organizations: it requires conflict.

The practical advantage of diversity boils down to this: a group of people with different perspectives usually makes better decisions and finds more creative solutions than those who have largely similar views, backgrounds and skill sets. This is true for all teams, whether they’re running a corporation, a church, a school or a movie studio. However, when a team cannot productively engage in conflict, not only does that diversity remain untapped, it becomes a competitive disadvantage.

That’s because when team members with divergent points of view cannot openly and passionately advocate their positions, the team will not be able to properly understand and incorporate those ideas into a final decision. Instead, they will frustratingly agree to compromise, walking away dissatisfied with the outcome and resentful of their team members who they still don’t understand.

…when we talk about diversity, the emphasis is usually on acceptance and tolerance and “getting along.” All of which, of course, are good things. The problem surfaces when those qualities prevent people from challenging one another’s points of view out of fear of being labeled close-minded or intolerant.

And so the key to making diversity work is to teach people first how to appreciate one another’s differences, and then how to challenge them in the context of pursuing the best possible outcome. When a company can do that, it will transform diversity from a slogan to a real competitive advantage.  Source:

#diversity  #organizationalhealth  #conflictmanagement  #teamdevelopment

Don’t Trade Life for Temporary Things

From Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional – This particular devotional spoke to me because it is so terribly easy to get distracted for both the long term and the short term. However, the words below remind and encourage me to stay focused on the things, the people, the relationships, the projects, the expenses, the whatever(s), that matter most.  It is the only way to make marked progress.  If you are fortunate enough to know that you are near the end of your days, wouldn’t you want to be able to reflect and know that most of what you were focused on, mattered? 


So much of what we waste our energy on will not matter even a year from now, much less for eternity. Don’t trade your life for temporary things.  

 Jesus said, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 TLB) 

 Paul warned, “Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.” (1 Corinthians 7:31 MSG) 

 What are you allowing to stand in the way of your mission? Whatever it is, let it go. “Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back .” (Hebrews 12:1 TLB)

#Life  #Focus

Sowing Is Key

Sow an act, reap a habit.  Sow a habit, reap a character.  Sow a character, reap a destiny.”

-Charles Reade (attrib.)

I normally have additional thoughts to add, but I feel this quote is rather clear, so “nuff” said.  I will ask you to ponder:  What will people mostly remember about your character when you leave this earth?  What are you sowing?  This is not just about wealth of money, it is equally about wealth of character, of paying it forward, of sowing into people.  Welcome to the weekend!

#destiny #character #sowingandreaping

Laughter Is Indeed Good Medicine

“He Who Laughs, Lasts” – Taken from Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional 

As I’ve mentioned in these devotionals, many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled “Thou shalt not”

They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life. 

But this should put a smile on your face: Having fun is good for your health. 

God tells us in his Word that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NIV) 

I like to put it this way, “He who laughs, lasts.” Learn to laugh at yourself, put some play in every day, relax, chill out, have some fun. 





My Reflection on “Black Lives Matter”

When I first heard the term “Black Lives Matter”, I was offended because I am SUCH a celebrator of all races and cultures that I considered the phrase to be exclusionary.  However, as time and crime and injustice has progressed, I have listened more closely and come to understand the intent behind the phrase.  All lives matter, yes, but more of us must come to accept that black lives matter…TOO!  Black lives, men and women, are just as important as all else (same can be said for Native Americans, as this is another race that is often harassed and undermined).  But back to my own primary race, there appears to be an evilness that wants to gain strength in its quest to target and ravish the black community.  Our children are targeted in schools AND on the streets, their punishments within educational institutions are greater and stricter (ex:  school to prison pipeline and frequency of expulsion), objectivity is subjective, and fairness is not meted out equally (so fairness ain’t fair).  This goes beyond our police officers.

If what is happening in current day was new, it would be less egregious.  However, it’s not new; it is a continuance of past treatment, only highlighted and more exposed now because of social media and the ease to capture and expose injustices with the use of cell phones.  No, not new.  The black on black crime rate is newer than the load of crap and injustice that is occurring in current day America.  My mind screams why, why, why??!?!?  Why are we STILL dealing with an inability to simply see people as people and NOT see color first? Why won’t it stop?  When will it stop?  What will it take, IN ADDITION to prayer, for it to stop?  Yes, I threw prayer in there.  I do believe it is necessary to seek God in prayer during these times, as more people did in the past.  But, prayer is a portion of the needed movement, the needed resurrection of change.  While I constantly hear discussion on areas for change, I still ask how to effect mass change that has to affect the mind and the heart, in order to have an external impact?  I don’t know right now but I do know that it will take more than a few months, more than a few politicians on each side of the congressional aisle, more than a few people in power, more than a few preachers, educators, commentators, and grass roots advocates…it will take a lot more than just a few.  The cynical, bottom line portion of my personality screams:  “Let talks and collaboration begin, but talk only if it will lead to proper action to ensure justice for all, all the time.”  To discuss and remain without action need not be the choice that America decides to take, for if we choose to put this issue on the back burner, America will find itself at war within, and Dallas will seem minuscule.

Ending thought:  I am aware that my church provided a forum, also known as a safe environment, for black men to have a discussion after last week.  We will enfold families into such a discussion in the future.  Bishop Jakes’ church held something of a community forum for all to come and speak, listen, be heard.  I’ve read of other forums that took place, within and external to houses of worship.  All of these are admirable and necessary starting points, and I applaud the leaders who initiated them.  I pray the momentum remains as we embark upon nothing short of a rejuvenation of the Civil Rights era.  As Professor Danielle Koonce has shared on Facebook, we are in a marathon, not a sprint.  Let’s position ourselves accordingly.

#BlackLivesMatter  #AllLivesMatter  #JusticeforAll


Meanwhile, back in Connieland, guess I’ll continue to think on this myself, on what actions I can take in my quest for change towards a fight to lessen racism and ensure that the scale of equity and justice is a more balanced concept.