Strategic Plans to Create the Workforce and Workplace that Will Grow Your Organization
Consider this question:
Do you already have the ideal workforce and are your employees already able to work together so well that everyone is already doing everything possible to grow your organization / business over the next few years?
If so, you may have no need for a Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion strategy.
If not, that gap is the business case for your Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion strategy.
All organizations have measures of sustained business or operating success - their key business growth drivers. For example, CEOs of most for-profit organizations focus on some combination of:
- Growing business or increasing sales, profitability, market share, productivity, innovation, teamwork
- Improving safety, customer or investor satisfaction, community relationships
- Reducing operating expenses
The same idea applies to not-for-profit, professional service, governmental, academic, and all other organizations.
Your operating challenge is having the right people working together effectively to understand and meet your customers’ needs with world-class productivity and innovation. In this era of rapidly-increasing societal and workforce diversity, this holds true:
- For local, national, and global organizations
- Whether your customers are consumers or other organizations
With global competition, your local market may be other companies' new growth opportunity. This raises the bar on your need for productivity, innovation, and creativity.
Finally, your growth opportunity may be in new local, regional, or international markets. Product / service design and marketing calls for an ever increasing knowledge and experience base about these new markets.
The best companies have a business growth strategy that builds organizational culture, productivity, creativity, and innovation. As the figure illustrates, such organizations apply a people and workplace lens to their business goals , actively determining these key business success factors:
- The required mix of experience, skills, market knowledge, and perspectives
- The high level of communication, teamwork, and customer focus skills required of leaders and employees
The figure illustrates the straight-line connection between sustained business growth, workforce diversity, workplace inclusion, and intercultural competence. It shows diversity and inclusion as a core business strategy.
Key to success in creating such a workforce and work place is a diversity and inclusion strategy that is guided by and aligned with your key business goals and that fully engages your CEO and senior executive team.
We call this Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion. MDB Group has special expertise in developing or reinvigorating such a strategy. To learn more about how we can apply Business-Aligned D&I strategic planning to help grow your organization:
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A solid core business strategy is an essential precursor to developing a Business-Aligned diversity and inclusion plan. If you are looking to first develop or refine your core business strategy, MDB Group joins with and recommends our strategic partner, Profit Solutions Associates, for such work. Please visit PSA's website to learn more about developing core business strategies (PSA's website will open in a new browser window).
We are ready to work together with you to develop and implement the Business-Aligned diversity and inclusion strategy that will help ensure your organization’s continued business success.
Sample D&I results
See representative results achieved by MDB Group's principals at Business Growth through Diversity and Inclusion.
Many aspects of diversity and inclusion help drive business growth. Click the links below for further insight:
As you make progress and markets change, you must adapt and expand your strategy to continue moving forward.
A leading-edge diversity and inclusion strategy helps sustain business growth.
Briefings and workshops define the linkage between business and inclusion, and build engagement with Business-Aligned strategies.
Vulnerability to lawsuits stemming from work environment and people processes is an unnecessary business risk.
Metrics and scorecards must support business growth.
Addressing morale and retention allows your workforce to better focus on growing your business.
A pristine reputation as a good corporate citizen and as a preferred employer is an important success contributor.
A strategic planning off-site brings together the people, knowledge, and perspectives needed to define a Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion strategy.
High productivity, innovation, and creativity are essential to long-term business growth.
Please call us so that together we can start planning your future growth.
Business-Aligned® D&I Planning
D&I Application Note (PDF): Grow Your Organization through Business-Aligned® D&I Planning
Spotlight on Building Inclusion
Almost all organizations say they want a more-inclusive workplace. Some can define what this looks like. Very few organizations achieve anything close to “full inclusion". Why? It takes a change in mindset about diversity and cultural difference.
Growing an organization and its business through full inclusion typically demands some mix of the PICAS factors (Productivity, Innovation, Creativity, Agility, and Safety). Full inclusion requires cultural and behavioral change from the CEO to the newest employee. To learn more visit these pages:
Spotlight on D&I
Business-Aligned® diversity and inclusion are about growing your organization's business success in our increasingly diverse and complex society. Our Business-Aligned D&I planning process applies a workforce and workplace "lens" to your key business objectives, to create the workforce and workplace that will grow your organization and help ensure your sustained business success.
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