Urbin Report

Monday, March 02, 2009

Cause and effect, the order is important.

One of my business school textbooks asks, "why diversification initiatives, in general, have not yielded the anticipated benefits?"

Here is the short form answer:
Diversity doesn't produce excellence. Excellence produces diversity.

When you select the "best" people based on merit, odds are that you will get a cross section of the melting pot that is America, including legal immigrants who came here for a better life for them and their families.

Selecting from a random cross section of the melting pot that is America and the odds are you won't get the best people, merely a diverse crowd.