On cognitive diversity
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.”