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Here's what happened when I started being myself at work

Suzie Elliott writes, "And stopped trying to blend in with those I looked up to.

From the film industry to the White House, diversity is a hot topic across the country. Although attention rightly remains focused on the big social, political, and legal discussions of race, gender, and religion, I’d like to add another angle to the conversation: diversity of perspective.

By this, I mean welcoming a variety of views, approaches, and even temperaments in the workplace. Companies that, knowingly or not, hire people with uniform perspectives often end up with the kind of conformity that stifles innovation. In order to gain all of the benefits of diversity, people have to be able to bring their unique experiences to the table. This type of inclusiveness extends beyond our external, visible qualities to the wealth of differences that lie within each of us."

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