Alistair Lloyd

On cognitive diversity

May
17

I’ve been a big fan of diverse teams for a number of years, and have been privileged to develop and lead a number of them.

My Masters studies cured me of perfectionism, and taught me a great deal about collaborating with people of different cognitive and emotional styles. This HBR article by Alison Reynolds and David Lewis summarises it well. I look forward to their broader research.

Key take-outs for me:

  • Cognitive diversity is less visible, yet there are cultural barriers which lead to functional bias.
  • “When you face a new, uncertain, complex situation, and everyone agrees on what to do, find someone who
    disagrees and cherish them.”

PDF: CognitivelyDiverseTeams

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