This title is obviously a play off of Patrick Henry’s famous historical speech that ended with the phrase “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”. The year was 1775 and America was not The United States yet. We were still under British rule and the American leaders of that time had come together to figure out how they were going to approach Big Brother Britain to properly express their discontent for Great Britain’s unfair treatment of them. Our man Patrick apparently had enough. He delivered what is considered one of the top 10 greatest speeches in history. His passionate delivery convinced his fellow leaders that they had talked enough and that it was time to take a stand. His final words of that influential speech were “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”. The Revolution was organized.
The portion of Patrick Henry’s speech that doesn’t get the shine that it deserves in my opinion is his perspective on diversity. It is this very perspective and philosophy that I believe compelled Patrick to convey such a heartfelt delivery. As part of his address to his colleague’s he called out that “different men often see the same subject in different lights”. I contend that the more different the man, the more different the perspective. I’m sure that Patrick felt the need to establish this point because many of his fellow American Colonists wanted to continue to reason with Britain as they had done prior. Patrick was fed up with taking the same approach and getting the same results. He brought a different perspective.
The value of diverse perspectives have been shaping and progressing our nation and the world since the beginning of time. It is when we incorporate diverse perspectives that remarkable and ground breaking change occurs. Diverse perspectives led to the formation of The United States of America, The discovery of DNA and successful Open Heart Surgery just to name a few. If you want to go places you’ve never gone before, you have to do things you’ve never done before which requires perspectives you’ve never considered before. It requires Diversity. As for me, I am determined to progress. I am determined to excel. I am determined to advance. I refuse to stay the same or accept mediocrity. Radical change requires looking at things through different lenses and from more different perspectives than we’ve ever done before. So Give Me Diversity or Give Me Death!
Take a look at the Diversity of your team or organization’s:
1. Ethnic Diversity
2. Cultural Diversity
3. Gender Diversity
4. Generational Diversity
5. Lifestyle Diversity
6. Educational Diversity
7. Geographic Diversity
Oh, and don’t forget the inclusion…
“We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation.” ― Anthon St. Maarten #NoShortcuts
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