“Experiencing Diversity” and break the Ice!
The workshop, specifically designed for Henkel’s interns, consisted of an introductory presentation by Sonja Kuch, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Henkel Düsseldorf, and was followed by a “Diversity Icebreaker Training” by Training and Management Consultant Tim Hill.
Sonja Kuch started out with an overview of the topic Diversity in general. Subsequently, she explained how Diversity as part of the Henkel strategy has a huge economic, strategic and social relevance for the company acting in today’s internationally competitive environment: “You might compare diversity to a recipe. It is not done with having all kinds of different ingredients and throwing them together into one pot. In order to get a delicious meal, you need the right composition and mixture of ingredients and include them adequately.” For Henkel that implies having a diverse workforce that reflects the company’s markets with its variety of talents, mindsets, qualities and abilities.
The workshop centered on cognitive diversity, meaning to say how people think and behave differently. Depending on the interns’ answers to a questionnaire, they split up in three groups: the enthusiasts for unusual ideas and ambitions, the ones that easily connect with new people and put harmony as a top priority and a group for the practical and solution-oriented ones.
The key questions were: What do you bring to others.
The participants were also asked to bring an object that represents diversity to them. Here are some examples:
While traveling one does not only see other places, but it also widens the horizon.
He studied abroad and experienced international students’ diverse way of thinking.