Appreciating Diversity

The Appreciating Diversity course provides participants with excellent skills and behaviours to build relationships that are authentic and beyond just being political correct.

Appreciating Diversity

After having attended this workshop participants will return with an awareness and sensitivity to manage and appreciate diversity in a positive and constructive manner because of the many authentic real discussions and tools made available to them through this course.


The course allows participants to be authentic so that they feel empowered to work and deal with issues of diversity at a “cause and impact” level. It will create safe spaces in large and small group discussion to talk hold courageous discussions about differences. Participants will learn to really listen to the other and display the skills of empathic listening. It will empower and provide participants with a model and a process to dialogue through the many diversity challenges which may be present a personal, team, department, organisational and world level. It provides them with the tools to identify and challenge destructive diversity dynamics, i.e. stereotypes, prejudices in themselves, their team and the organisation.

Is it right for me?

This course will benefit anyone who relates to others, in particular:

  • New staff
  • Staff post mergers
  • Supervisors
  • HR Professionals
  • Team members
  • Team Leaders
  • Project Managers
  • Change Managers
  • New Managers
  • Your suppliers

What will I learn?

  • Increase self awareness around the diversity differentials within themselves and others.
  • Understand their own thoughts and feelings about this diversity.
  • Understand that diversity is expressed in many ways in just one individual and as a result, they are both different and similar to others at the same time.
  • Understand the difference between diversity “isms” e.g. sexism and a diversity “issue” e.g. language, etc.
  • Understand that diversity is not one dimensional. It exists and expresses itself in individuals and groups making them different and similar at the same time.
  • Learn to be sensitive and empathetic particularly to those who may be different.
  • Have a clear understanding of the “target” and “non target” model of diversity.
  • Understand and take responsibility for the behaviours and manifestations which they exhibit as a non target and target.
  • Have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own diversity behaviours and manifestations and its impact on others.
  • Learn about their and others’ basic cultural defence mechanisms which often entrench and propagate prejudice.
  • Learn strategies to reduce their cultural defensiveness and enhance their ability to authentically relate in a cross cultural situation.
  • Develop an openness and empathy toward new cultural realities and possibilities.
  • Increase their awareness of cultural defensiveness in their own situation at a personal, interpersonal and organisational level.
  • Develop strategies which will counteract non-productive and destructive behaviours at the personal, interpersonal and organisational level.

What will it cover?

Diversity Check-In

  • Increase participants awareness of how they identify and describe themselves along some common diversity descriptions.
  • Participants will also explore their thoughts and feelings towards others who may hold similar or different descriptions from their own.

Diversity “Isms and Issues”

  • Participants will learn the way that diversity “isms and issues” manifest at the personal, interpersonal and organisational levels.

The Power Walk Exercise

  • Participants will have an experiential opportunity to stand apart from the group under the various diversity differentials.

Target/Non Target Theory

  • Participants will learn how people at different times can be a target of “ism and issue” prejudice.
  • Participants will identify a list of common behaviours and manifestations that accompany being a target and a non target.

Authentic Cross Cultural Behaviour

  • Participants will learn ways to communicate with integrity across cultures and differences.
  • Participants will learn how to become less defensive by taking responsibility and challenging their own biases through a process of accounting, recognising and acknowledging.

Diversity awareness in your team or company

  • Participants will assess and reflect upon the group’s diversity dynamics and how it is playing itself out at an interpersonal and organisational level.