Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How Diversity and Inclusion Drive a Winning Innovation Culture - PR NEWSWIRE

Originally published: August 8, 2016
Publisher: PRNewsWire.com 

'm delighted to be part of the Kellogg family again -- and especially delighted that the company has the same core DNA and values as it did when I worked with Kellogg in the past. If anything, the company has become even more dynamic and diverse.

A diverse workforce is a critical driver for further growth. A colleague of mine once shared a formula that I believe is the key to a winning innovation culture: I = SD ÷ F.

Translation: Innovation equals stimulus to the power of diversity divided by fear. Stimulus is the passion to be curious and the desire to learn. It's a great start, but it is exponentially more powerful if one is open to -- and not afraid of -- diverse thinking.

To further build a growth culture at Kellogg, we must believe in and embrace this formula and commit to applying it. We must be open and curious. And we must listen to, and learn from, people whose backgrounds and views differ from our own. Doing so will make employees feel more fulfilled at work -- and I guarantee it will drive better business results.

Companies that have true diversity simply perform better. And achieving diversity requires, first, a culture of inclusion. Diversity is an outcome of inclusion. If we truly believe in diversity and inclusion, they should track to everything we do and how we act. D&I are not work things; they are human things. They are how we as humans should conduct ourselves.