An Appreciative Stance on Diversity As We Move Into the 21st Century: A Timeline Exercise to Identify Key Experiences in Good Work Relationships between Black and White Peers


  • Angela J. Murphy


Positive peer work relationships provide opportunities for black and white managers and professionals to accomplish their task objectives and further develop their interpersonal competencies. The cross-racial focus of positive peer work relationships concentrates on what is working well in them as a way to ultimately spread their benefits to other people within an organization. These positive peer work relation-ships can become learning laboratories by utilizing a timeline exercise to identify the key experiences, core competencies and best practices associated with them. The information gleaned from this exercise can enhance individual performance and organizational effectiveness.