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1 How Diversity Impacts my Career, Team & Organization
Terrance R. Sims Senior Diversity & Inclusion Champion

2 How Diversity Impacts my Career, Team & Organization
Activity: What’s in the title? In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

3 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
TERRANCE R. SIMS U. S. Navy 23 YEARS (10 YRS Equal Opportunity Advisor) Graduate of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) – 3 Tours 2 Aircraft Carriers; Served as EOA and Diversity Training Officer, USS NIMITZ Completed 4 Deployments including Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz, Artic Circle Qualified 30 Army/Air National Guard SHARP specialists – Irvine, CA EOA for Naval Air Station Key West, Florida for Active Duty and Families Graduate of Justice Center of Atlanta and Florida Supreme Court Advanced Mediation Training Graduate of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) as Navy Equal Opportunity Advisor (NEC 9515) – 3 Tours Undergraduate Study in Organizational Management; Duel Graduate Study in Human Resource Management and Leadership/Management Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator for various Government and State level agencies Why should you listen to me? In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

4 How does Diversity impact your 3 “C’s”? *Career * Command * Community
BLUF Diversity is a Leadership Priority -National Guard publication - “A Leader’s Guide to Diversity: The Decade of Diversity” Diversity Impacts Unit Mission Readiness -US Office of Personnel Management’s Government-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2011 Diversity is a National Guard Bureau Priority - President’s Executive Order – Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Government How does Diversity impact your 3 “C’s”? *Career * Command * Community In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

5 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
National Guard Definition Diversity is a cultural climate which allows people to maximize their potential by embracing and promoting each other’s holistic characteristics Vision The National Guard envisions a culture that values, measures, and promotes fairness, dignity, and worth of every member as a measure of enhancing readiness Mission The National Guard needs leaders and a workforce equipped with diverse cultural awareness to execute the mission globally In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

6 Confront any myths at the start
DIVERSITY ≠ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY DIVERSITY ≠ AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ≠ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Confront any myths at the start In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

7 Create Inclusion Breakthroughs
DIVERSITY MENTORING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Create Inclusion Breakthroughs In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

8 Primary Diversity Dimensions
Marilyn Loden Diversity Wheel In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

9 Secondary Diversity Dimensions
Marilyn Loden Diversity Wheel In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

10 Organizational Dimensions
Marilyn Loden Diversity Wheel In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

11 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
Beliefs Drive Actions “The aim is to build a team, not clone yourself. You have to value people for different qualities and abilities. The ultimate argument for diversity is not that it is politically correct, but that it is healthier, more interesting, and more conducive to success.” Reach for the Summitt, Pat Summitt, Head Coach University of Tennessee LV In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

12 Possible Cultural Behavioral Disparities
Different rules of conversation Different rules of privacy Different orientation to others Different understanding of time Different understanding of human activity Different orientation as to the source of Truth Different commitment to schooling Different rules for self-control Different understanding of getting or giving respect Activity: Group Discussions In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

13 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
“If you have to choose between differences and talent, choose talent every time. If you wind up with homogeneity and sameness, work to recruit, retain and qualify those who are different.” ~ Dr. Samuel Betances, WFDI In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

14 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
DIFFERENCES SIMILARITIES MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT Continuous process LEVERAGING DIVERSITY In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

15 National Guard Diversity Culture Shift
“Culture…shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices…” “AS IS” Majority Based Culture “TO BE” Talent Based Culture Drivers for Change Demographic Shifts Generational Shifts External Factors Tools for Change Transformed Processes: Recruitment Assignment Growth/development Promotion Retention Enterprises/Communities Enterprises/Communities IT’S MISSION IMPERATIVE….and “the right thing to do” In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

16 Take the Flywheel Challenge!
EXAMINE EVALUATE ENGAGE UNDERSTAND WHAT SHOULD WE DO? Take the Flywheel Challenge! In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

17 Roles/Responsibilities
National Guard Strategic Member Develop your training skills to develop others Demonstrate behavior consistent with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs Operate within the defined expectations Provide feedback and mentoring for line level team members Communicate diversity related issues to all members Be a role model Be disciplined and build positive morale Actively coach and mentor your people Reduce barriers that prevent your people from being their best Clarify expectations above and below Diversity and Inclusion = Leadership In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

18 In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity
“Diversity and inclusion is about creating National Guard teams where everyone is included, engaged, and passionate about accomplishing the mission. It is a force multiplier in achieving combat and mission readiness. Our diversity defines who we are as an organization and makes public our valued skills and talents that further strengthen the espirit de corps of our force. We should always be grounded in the concept, “that diversity and inclusion in the National Guard is not a policy or a program, but is a fact of America, and we are America.” -General Craig R. McKinley A Leader’s Guide to Diversity: The Decade of Diversity In Pursuit of Greatness Through Diversity

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