Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, knows all too well what it is like to be an outsider.

Right out of college, Moritz joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and the early years for Moritz were rough.  According to Moritz in an interview conducted by The New York-Times, he was not a star employee and that reflected on his evaluations.

During his sixth year, Moritz left for Japan for a few years.  He learned some interesting lessons that he was later able to shape into a leadership lifestyle.

The biggest thing that Moritz learned about during his stay in Japan was diversity.  He understood that he was the minority there, and he stood out in the crowd.  People discriminated against him.  His stay in Japan gave him a new perspective involving diversity.

Moritz added that his trip to Japan taught him thought and cultural diversity.

Moritz said during the interview, “In Japan, you respect titles. You respect age. And you don’t challenge authority.”

He points out that it is important to ask challenging questions without making anyone feel threatened.  Setting the right tone and environment is essential both inside and outside the workplace.

Do you think its important to understand diversity? Have you been in a situation where you’re the minority?
To read the full article with Bob Moritz, visit the New York Times’ website here.

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