Many developing leaders start out with the goal of making an army of workers and junior leaders who are like the clone armies from the last set of Star Wars movies – where every soldier looks and acts the same as the leader they were created to emulate. It sounds cool and probably boosts your ego, but it is not a very effective strategy for developing a healthy team of employees and supervisors who can accomplish significant goals. Diversity in hiring can have substantial benefits.
Why? Because no one is all-knowing and has all the skills necessary to individually complete all aspects of the business (and even if you do, you will eventually hit the limits of your time and [...]
In 2005, when Lenovo took on the challenge of acquiring IBM’s personal computer (PC) division and its iconic ThinkPad product line, we knew we had a lot of learning to do, and we had to do it quickly. The marketplace was not going to wait for us to figure out how to integrate our eastern and western cultures. We had to jump in head-first and find ways to leverage our diversity in order to produce relevant products and stay financially successful.
We grew from a $3 billion China-based company to a $39 billion global company and became the #1 PC+ company in the world by leveraging our diversity. Today, we have more than 54,000 employees, who speak over 40 different languages in [...]