Diversity is one of the most misunderstood topics in organizations today. Many people have heard the term but don’t know what it really means so they ask questions like: “Isn’t Diversity required by the EEOC?” Or, “Isn’t Diversity Human Resources’ responsibility?” Or, “Diversity is part Affirmative Action – right?” The answer to all three of these questions is “No.” But they are helpful to ask because they illustrate some of the myths that are perpetuated about diversity.
At its best, diversity is a business strategy that has been shown to increase an organization’s ability to achieve better bottom-line performance and sustain its growth and prosperity. It’s most effective when it’s focused on increasing opportunity for personal and organizational achievement – not on inaccurate beliefs about legalities, obligations and rules.
Geoff Nichols has a wide and deep background to draw from in helping his training and coaching clients with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Safety Engineering and decades of managing people and processes. In his approach to management, training and coaching, he emphasizes the need to use situational leadership and the ability to flex to work colleagues’ and team members’ communication needs in order to be more successful in any job.
Business training has been Geoff’s passion for nearly all of his career. After 20 years of executive experience in Human Resources, training and operations management, he founded his own training and consulting business and has conducted over 1,200 public and private workshops. He has trained more than 30,000 people in a wide range of management and leadership topics. And he has written over 600 customized training programs for hundreds of clients- from large and small businesses to federal and state government agencies to healthcare and non-profit organizations.
Geoff has also written a book titled, “Taking the Step Up to Supervision” and numerous articles in national publications on supervision and management. He has trained throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K. and Mainland China.