Understanding and Appreciating Differences in Others

In Understanding and Appreciating Differences in Others, you'll learn about the numerous sources that create diversity, and how encouraging and appreciating differences leads to personal growth and agile, cohesive, and innovative workplace teams.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 21, 2019
Duration
55m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 21, 2019
Duration
55m
Description

Today’s workers are expected to be a meaningful, respectful part of the workplace community—which often means interacting with colleagues with backgrounds and identities quite different than their own. In Understanding and Appreciating Differences in Others, you will learn about the numerous and varied sources that create diversity. First, you'll learn about the range of forms that differences can take. Next, you'll learn about the benefits of differences in a workplace. Finally, you'll consider a plan for developing appreciation on an individual and institutional level. When you're finished with this course, you'll understand how encouraging and appreciating differences in others can lead to personal growth, as well as agile, cohesive, and innovative workplace teams.

About the author
About the author

Alan Ackmann teaches business and technical writing in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
(Music) Hi everyone. My name is Alan Ackmann, and welcome to my course, Understanding and Appreciating Differences in Others. I'm a professor and administrator at DePaul University in Chicago. In recent decades, businesses have seen a wonderful expansion of the workforce as people of all backgrounds, cultures, and inclinations often come together in the same organization. In this course, we're going to explore the range of ways in which coworkers are different than one another, and better understand how to anticipate, work within, and take advantage of these differences. Some of the major topics include the wide range of identities, backgrounds, and work habits you may encounter, how different perspectives increase innovation and reduce risk, the consequences of not respecting diversity or differences, and a set of personal and institutional strategies you can use. By the end of this course, you'll know more about the things that make us all different, as well as how to optimize those differences for increased group productivity and innovation. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about your coworkers and teammates, with the Understanding and Appreciating Differences in Others course, at Pluralsight.