Diverse teams empower businesses to anticipate what’s coming next and make smarter decisions. Yet less than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are black, 4% are women, and even fewer openly identify as LGBTQ. Diversity can go far beyond what’s visible, though, and includes team members who think and approach challenges in a wide variety of ways.
Sunil Kasturi, managing director at Propeller, explored this issue in a recent article for American City Business Journals. By changing how companies recruit, manage and retain team members, as well as how the approach problem solving and decision making, today’s business leaders can truly tap into the opportunity that diversity provides. Companies that take this approach become more competitive and can better harness the thought power of their greatest asset: their people.
Sunil Kasturi leads with an iron fist in a velvet glove – with grace and compassion matched by a steely determination to get things done. A natural manager and peer counselor, he lives by the belief that he gets more out of helping others than they receive from him. The benefits, he finds, range from gaining a key piece of advice from someone he mentors to cultivating gratitude and empathy through his frequent volunteer work. He holds an MBA from Duke University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science.