I’ve had the privilege of interacting with people of almost every color, language, culture, and social status on six continents. My personal conclusion is that the people of the world are more alike than different. For example, children are important to parents from all walks of life and in every culture. I believe that, too often, we let form over substance — not to mention busyness — get in the way of developing relationships with co-workers. Most companies today have some type of global activity. Do your associates respect each other’s differences and embrace them? What programs do you have in place that assist in building a greater understanding of diversity of all types? I believe this leads to improvements in your company’s bottom line and associates who are more satisfied with their work environment.