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Diversity at Work Training Workshop


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Diversity at Work Onsite Workshop Or Off-The-Shelf Program

  • We take diversity personally. Our twenty years of experience in diversity programs has shown that it's only when people take diversity personally that they are able to turn it into a practice at work.
  • In our nationally recognized diversity training, we do make the business case for diversity.
  • But the way we make this last is by inspiring people to develop a personal commitment to diversity that enables them to manage it effectively everyday on the job.
  • Take a look at our Diversity At Work Training Program below, which we can deliver at your site, or you can have your trainers deliver it themselves with our Off-The-Shelf program or our Train-the-Trainer Certification program.

Call us for more information and a proposal: 1-973-427-3004

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Our Special Approach to Diversity Training: We Bring You These Powerful Advantages


1- We Deliver Diversity as a Highly Positive Experience


Because our mission is to help people create a workplace where they would say, "Thank God It's Monday!" our training delivers diversity as an upbeat experience that touches the hearts and minds of participants, contributing to a more enduring impact on behavior.

  • From the first moment in the workshop, our 'Opening Exercises' deliver mind-opening experiences that shatter participants' comfortable "Business-As-Usual" frame of mind, and put them in touch with an exciting new possibility of learning and openness.
  • Participants move from one dramatic experience to the next, absorbing powerful insights, sharing new thoughts and feelings, and learning to think and relate to others in new, more positive ways.
  • Participants leave the workshop feeling highly committed to diversity and empowered to celebrate it and live it at work.


2- We Use a Variety of Delivery Media to Appeal to Various Learning Styles


Our continuously interactive onsite training is a multi-sensory, multi-style experience that stimulates and appeals to participants' various learning styles.

  • Our workshops use a Blended Media / Experiential learning approach for maximum learning impact.
  • We using music, language, images, stories, activities, role-plays, and self-discovery tools to meet a variety of learning styles.
  • We use stimulating quizzes, powerful role plays, mind-expanding activities, videos, music, and slides, all working together to deliver an exhilarating, passionately positive experience about diversity at work.


3- The Personal Case Leads to the Business Case


Our extensive experience has shown that people will not commit to the business side of diversity without first adopting diversity as a personal commitment.

  • Our training helps participants develop this all important "missing link" of diversity programs.
  • The presenter, Francois Basili, offers his powerful, personal experience with diversity as a vivid example of how diversity touches everybody's life in a personal way, before even looking at its value to business life.
  • We offer diversity training in a balanced blend between the business and the human sides of diversity. This presents diversity at its best. It helps people adopt it as part of their value system as well a way of doing business in working with colleagues and customers.
  • We never present diversity in a heavy handed way, or in a condescending style. We deliver it with great respect to participants' values, in a way that provides a model for participants to learn from and adopt.


4- Real Learning: Moving from Awareness to Skills for Working Together


A lot of diversity programs stop at providing "awareness" of the concept of diversity at work, leaving participants with no specific skills that help them put this awareness into practice.

  • Our training moves from awareness to specific skills in the areas of communication, interviewing, supervision, performance management, coaching and feedback, and teamwork.
  • We don't just deliver a highly positive motivational experience. We deliver real learning, with powerful concepts, day-to-day work examples, and practical skills people can use at work.
  • A skeptical highly educated executive at the largest public library system in the US wrote in the evaluation sheet after one of our workshops:

             "I thought the session would be a waste of time. I learned a lot."€

Our simulation exercises / role-plays with coaching from the trainer provide practical opportunities for learning the   know-how of communicating and working together with sensitivity to diversity. The general concepts are put to actual work experiences right in the workshop.


5- We Pioneered Diversity as a Cultural Force. We Continue to Renew It and Move It Forward

Our early work in diversity training in the nineties attracted national recognition from prestigious publications like Hospitals and organizations like The Bureau of National Affairs.

Now we are pushing the envelop again. Our current work in taking diversity to its logical next step is achieving similar recognition. Our new training workshop, "Diversity at Work" is already helping leading organizations set a new standard for their diversity programs.

Diversity At Work now offers the most comprehensive treatment of diversity in a training program.


We cover all key aspects of diversity:


All with case studies, activities, and step-by-step instructions, supported by PowerPoint slides and participant workbooks.


How Men and Women Can Work Together More Effectively                                             


Our Diversity At Work training program covers this fascinating area of inquiry into the different ways men and women think, communicate, and work together. The research-based content, case studies, and discussion in this area - often neglected by some diversity programs, adds an important, highly relevant aspect to your diversity program.



How the Mature Generation Can Work Effectively with Generations X and Y


Diversity At Work program also covers the new area of Generational Diversity at Work. We cover, with research based content and case studies, the key characteristics of the four generations of workers in today's workplace; The Mature Generation; the Baby Boomers; Generation X; and Generation Y. Participants will be able to identify and better understand the value system and preferences of each generation, enabling them to work more effectively together.


How to Work with Persons with Disabilities


Diversity At Work also covers the area of ability and disability at work and offers guidance and case study relevant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its requirements for organizations and managers. Participants will be able to understand what the law requires and how to work more effectively and fairly with persons with disabilities.



A top executive wrote in the Workshop Evaluation Sheet..


What Participants Said About our Diversity Session at Stevens Institute of Technology


Francois Basili delivered a ninety minute presentation on Diversity at Work and Cross Cultural Communication to the Graduate Program at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Here are some of participants’ comments in the evaluation sheets:

  • "Excellent presentation. Very informative."

  • "Very helpful to understand our differences."

  • "The speaker was very well prepared. Nice sense of humor."

  • "Excellent role playing activities."

  • "Very informative. I can change for the better."

  • "Surely it is applicable to my work."

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You Can Deliver this Workshop Yourself With Our Training Template or Certification Programs

Internal training professionals and facilitators can purchase Diversity at Work Off-the-Shelf program in a customizable and reproducible MS Word Template format to deliver it themselves to their staff for just $395.00. (Regularly $495.00)

We have created the ultimate tool to help you produce and deliver a Diversity at Work workshop that projects your organization's mission, message, and culture. We put all the key elements of our pioneering Diversity at Work Workshop in a friendly MS Word file template that you can customize and use. You will get all the important information you need to deliver, from the business case for diversity, the value of diversity at work, the respectful workplace, the relationship to Affirmative Action and EEO requirements, to creating diversity councils, and implementing diversity programs.

The complete, customizable package of materials included in this program: Facilitator's Guide, Slides, Assessments, Handouts, and Participant Workbook, makes this ready to use program all you need to customize and deliver a powerful diversity awareness training at your organization, with minimum investments in time, effort and money. Just plug in your organization's logo, mission statement, diversity statement (We give you examples) and you have a complete program.

The complete, customizable package of materials included in this program: Facilitator's Guide, Slides, Assessments, Handouts, and Participant Workbook, makes this ready to use program all you need to customize and deliver a powerful diversity awareness training at your organization, with minimum investments in time, effort and money. Just plug in your organization's logo, mission statement, diversity statement (We give you examples) and you have a complete program.

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    Imus and Five Diversity Lessons - A Case Study

    Imus is a famous radio and TV talk show host in the US. Last week, he made a racist, sexist remark about the young women Basketball team players of Rutgers University, who reached the final game and lost, to achieve second place in the country, a great achievement by all accounts. Even though Imus was used to insulting people and groups on racial and ethnic grounds under the disguise of “humor” and in the American tradition of protecting freedom of speech, he was fired first by MSNBC and then by CBS.

    What are the diversity lessons other organizations, and leaders, should learn from this? Read the article below.

    For no clear reason, Imus used a racist, sexist language to describe the young women athletes after their achieving a second place in the national college women basketball competition. Instead of saluting them, he insulted them, an act many people found shocking and offensive. When the word spread, the Rutgers Basketball team gave a press conference that captivated the nation. The young athletes, mostly in their late teens and early twenties, came across very mature and dignified. They, and their coach, spoke eloquently and logically about the needless, uncalled for insults directed at them by Imus and showed restraint and respect that was a glaring contrast to the street-level language and juvenile 'humor' offered by the Imus show. The country immediately took the side of the young women. Meanwhile, a number of black civil right leaders organized marshes and called for Imus' firing. Proctor and Gamble, a huge advertiser on Imus show, decided to pull their ads, and a number of other advertisers followed. MSNBC, then CBS, canceled the Imus show for good. The episode was the talk of the country for several days.

    Five Lessons Learned

    1. Even though most businesses in the US provide extensive diversity training to their employees, it's clear that some have not gotten the diversity message still. The consequences, as in the Imus case, could be the loss of tens of millions of revenue dollars, not to mention the loss of productivity and the cost of high turnover by offended employees.
    2. In many organizations, top leaders and the stars of the organizations do not attend the diversity training. They perhaps think that they already know the message. Often the organization's leaders and big-name stars are the ones who need the message the most, as it has been proven by the Imus episode.
    3. Employees have a role to play and a power to exert in ensuring that their workplace is one of respect and dignity for all. In the Imus episode, MSNBC president said that their own employees raised their voices against what Imus said and the company found itself in a position that required it to live up to its own values and ideals so it decided to fire Imus, which it has every right to do.
    4. The organization's other stake-holders, like vendors, advertisers, customers, and the public at large, also have an important role to play to ensure that the organization they deal with is a good corporate citizen that plays fair and respects people and the values of diversity.
    5. Diversity training is still needed in the US and in other countries. Because of diversity and sexual harassment prevention training, the American workplace today is much more respectful and hospitable to employees than a decade or two ago. But we need to continue the great effort to ensure that the remaining few who still cling to an old notion of a destructive and negative work culture learn their lessons, before they are forced to leave the workplace all together.

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