December 3, 2004
News & Opinion: In Closing
In the end, what we are discussing here is diversity. We need to consider that different life experiences are as important to diversity as differences of race or gender. When people with different experiences come into positions of authority, the effect is the same in an organization as it is in biology. You get hybrid vigor - the increased energy and capacity for growth that results from cross-breeding and cross-pollination.
Today Im suggesting that we value the strengths that come from the work of raising children. When an organization screens out people whove spent some time with children, it loses an important source of vitality, and the insights that come from a vital part of life.
Thanks for your feed-back, and thanks to Todd and Jack again for this opportunity to share some ideas.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.