Trying to engage others is a challenge, but before ever considering how to engage, you must first consider that difference in views and opinion are the result of several variants, all at play at the same time, and the combination of which are unique to everyone:
1. Behavioral Styles: Some personality style models suggest that there are greater than 60 different behavioral styles.
2. Life experience: The diversity in our life experiences leads us to have different views of the world.
3. Cultural differences: Every culture has nuances that are unique to the culture. As the world becomes a global market place, cultural differences are becoming more prominent.
Now you understand why organizations have such a difficult time with “engaging” their staff. You cannot take a single approach with a diverse group of people and expect to engage them. So the next time you want to create engagement, consider how these three questions apply and you will be better prepared to achieve your desired outcome.
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