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Episode 78: Only the Best

Episode 78: Only the Best

Why is it revolutionary and shocking to suggest that NOT everyone deserves a turn at everything and we should focus on the best?

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People deserve their turn? No, they don’t.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 4

  • April 6, 2019

    Completely agree Dr. Weiss – that is the political ‘correctness’ that has been crushing our country. I believe it has its inception in the democratic party’s attempts to divide people into little groups by race and gender to try to create issues and win votes – divide and conquer. Now every form we fill out has to ask about our race, etc.

  • Ana M. Lovera

    April 10, 2019

    I agree with you, I remember trying to explain more or less the same concept to a team once, and people were questioning why individuals from different genders or races should not be “given a chance” at higher positions in the organization, and I told them: the success of the company requires that people in leadership positions do an excellent job regardless of who they are, so one should focus on learning and perfecting the skills and earning the merits required for a leadership role, and not ever to expect to be “given a chance” at it. People aren’t particularly thrilled by that answer, they keep coming back on the concept of “equal opportunity”, and so I tell them: I don’t disagree with you, but let me ask you this: your kids are about to take a flight, who do you want as their pilot, the best pilot, or the one who was given a chance due to his or her gender, age, race, background etc? People question then, is it okay that the high leadership in organizations is not diverse? I tell them absolutely not, diversity is a great, important and necessary value, but an organization wishing to be truly diverse should expect to take a pill and become diverse overnight, they have to create and nurture an organizational culture where anyone can learn, grow, flourish and develop him or herself to the best they can be, only then diversity in the leadership roles will happen naturally.

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