The ability to successfully interact with others is a universal skill you will consistently use in your career. Both SWOT and SOAR analyses can help grow these kinds of skills. A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis is a common framework used by organizational and business leaders to strategically evaluate and improve the impact, performance, and success of an organization, from both an internal and external perspective. In contrast, a SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results) analysis engages all components of an organization (including the individual level) to positively enhance and improve internal performance and productivity.
In this summative assessment, you will complete a SOAR analysis to assess and highlight aspects of your individual identity, focusing on your personal diversity values, beliefs, knowledge, and worldviews to demonstrate how individual awareness can positively impact your development specific to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Becoming aware of your individual identity provides an opportunity to build your interpersonal communication skills meant to assist you with successfully interacting with others. This assignment will allow you to demonstrate how effectively you can explain how individual awareness of beliefs, biases, and attitudes affects organizational culture and communication related to issues of diversity and inclusion.
Create a 6- to 8-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® SOAR Personal Diversity Analysis presentation in which you incorporate aspects of your personal diversity values, beliefs, knowledge, and worldviews. Use the following prompts to guide your presentation:
What makes you unique?
- What diverse aspects of your identity do you value?
- How do you view diversity as a strength?
- How do you view inclusion as a strength?
- How can the diverse aspects of your identity contribute to building a positive organizational culture?
- What are 3 ways in which you can further engage or explore aspects of your personal diversity?
- What are aspects of your family background or heritage that you can learn more about?
- What is a diversity challenge about yourself that you can change into an opportunity? How can you leverage this opportunity in the workplace?
- Are there aspects of your cultural identity that you would like to improve or expand?
- Are there stereotypes, prejudices, or generalizations that others hold about aspects of your cultural diversity that you wish they better understood?
- How have stereotypes, prejudices, or generalizations revealed themselves in your organization’s culture or in how people within your organization communicate?
- Are there individual factors about yourself that could improve because of an increased understanding of diversity and inclusion?
- Are there aspects of your workplace environment that can improve because of an increased understanding or appreciation for diversity and inclusion?
- What resources are needed to improve any of the above results?
- Consider including images (pictures and/or graphics) to visually enhance your presentation and illustrate the 4 components of the SOAR diversity analysis.
- Use the speaker notes section to enhance and explain information included on the slides, as well as to provide supplemental and reflective information.