How do you view the world and others you work with, live with, pass on the street? Are youan Assimilationist who believes that everyone should just become a regular American? A Culturalcentrist who believes that a person’s race or ethnicity is central to their personal and public identity? A Meritocratist who believes that if you have the abilities and work hard enough, you can make your dreams come true regardless of race or culture? Or are you a Victim/Caretaker who believes that because of prejudice, you will never succeed? Are you Colorblind, believing that we are all the same under our skin? These are just five of the ten "lenses" leading business consultant Mark Williams has developed to profile how people "view" race, culture and ethnicity in their world
For corporations, civic institutions, individuals ––these ten lenses provide easily accessible and recognizable profiles of people’s belief systems that affect how they interact with others in the workplace and in society.
One Song, Many Voices introduces the 11th lens. The 11th lens joins the highest expression of each of the 10 lenses in harmony and strives to govern our community and organizational behavior in accordance with this higher framework. Working from the 11th lens, we can practice responsible life actions that make businesses, communities and societies stronger.
Mark Williams is the founder of MarkusWorks, an interactive media company whose mission is to help individuals, organizations and communities better manage pressing issues related to human relationships and human identity in today"s global environment. Mark also served as founder and CEO of The Diversity Channel that developed eLearning, training and education services for businesses, organizations and government agencies. Mark has provided coaching and education to such Fortune 500 companies as UNISYS, Avon, American Express, Marriott International, Microsoft, Sara Lee, Colgate Palmolive, Cisco Systems, Hearst Communications, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, Office Depot, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron Texaco; the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Navy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Merck and Harvard Medical School. He has been quoted widely in business publications such as Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and in The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune. He has appeared as a guest on national television programs including Bloomberg News, CBS’s The Early Show, and the CNN Financial News Network. Mark is the author of The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living and Working in a Multicultural World (Capital Books, 2001) and Your Identity Zones (Capital, 2004).