Diversity Technology, Cultural DNA, and Personality: The Impact on Educational, Medical, Business, and Military Organizations

Diversity Technology, Cultural DNA, and Personality: The Impact on Educational, Medical, Business, and Military Organizations

Dorothy Guy Bonvillain (Love-Based Leadership Consultants, USA), David R. Faulkner (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, USA) and William Gary McGuire (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2668-3.ch006
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Abstract

For the last sixty years, personality and personality traits (or characteristics) have been studied, researched, and applied to managing individuals and organizations. Some practitioners say that personality research predates the Roman Empire and the Great Greek Philosophers. The use of personality identification as a form of diversity leadership and possible technology is becoming more popular in helping people and organizations assign tasks within the organization as well as to enhance the performance in the organization. The Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI) is one personality tool that strategically links diversity to cultural DNA and enhances the performance educational, medical, business, and military leadership worldwide. There are other personality instruments that can provide similar results, but the authors have chosen the MBTI to best depict how personality can easily be applied to diverse systems to measure individual and organizational change. The impact of these and other diversity characteristics, competencies, and technologies must be filtered through formal instructional systems, design processes, and evaluation procedures to help leadership identify strengths and weaknesses within the organization regardless of the type of organization. There will be a need for varied evaluation and measures to help sustain effectiveness and outcomes. The authors present a brief framework for these measures.
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Diversity Technology

A Way to Save Human Lives

The need for advanced technology in Educational, Medical, Business, and Military Organizations crosses many dimensions in our daily lives. Diversity technology continues to be the way ahead in this growing age of cyberspace and instant need for the newest gadgets. Such technology as virtual reality in computer development brings us one-step closer to the original Star Trek television show where the term ‘Beam me up Scotty’ takes on a new meaning. Some examples include:

  • The development of prostheses in the medical field is opening doors for ‘double amputees’ and other wounded warriors to bring members back to the work force when they would likely not be motivated to otherwise work or even live

  • Robotics in the aerospace field brings us the ‘drone’ or the UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) that can be flown remotely from a workstation in the United States using ‘gaming computers’ that are directly linked to commercial satellites built to track people, places, and events all over the world.

  • The ability to drop a bomb into a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan from an air-conditioned trailer on a military base in the United States without risking life is a sign of the times for the future for our military. The more we develop this type of technology, the less we face the harm to or loss of human life during any conflict or disaster.

  • Local police and firefighter forces are using more monitoring of traffic lights, banking facilities, grocery stores and other facilities that would have required humans to facilitate or intervene when there are such things as an accident, robbery, or traffic jam.

  • NASA ended the Space Shuttle Program after more than 25 years of operations and now they are looking forward to the development of the ‘next generation’ of spacecraft that could have humans on Mars by 2025.

  • The cellular phone has taken on a new meaning as we move from 2011 to 2012. The ability to ‘bank online’ or make payments on credit cards or even ‘shop online’ is being done from most ‘cell phones’ with the stroke of a key.

  • The uses of texting (swyping – a new term for Android Phone texting) and skyping have taken over the old letter writing or even email system.

  • There is no reason to have a camera when the cell phone is a camera and video recorder.

Everything seems to be instantly achievable with technology. What once took a computer the size of a small home to launch spacecraft into orbit will now require one only the size of a small notebook to launch into deep space, return it to Earth, and land it without a human touching any of the instruments in the cockpit.

Robotics take on different meanings when used in the medical career as doctors use microsurgery that is so minimally invasive that a six- to ten-inch incision normally made a few years ago is less than a quarter of an inch today.

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