Let’s say your boss wants you to assemble a team to work on a complex problem at your company, or your agency, or your non-profit.
You think about your best and brightest people with some knowledge of the problem, you buy some bagels and coffee, and get together, right?
Turns out, you might not be approaching this kind of problem solving in the best way.
“There are all these dimensions to a problem, to a task, and if you’re only looking through a few windows, if you’re not looking from multiple perspectives at that problem,” Page said, “anything you don’t look at could go wrong.”
Page said successful teams need “cognitive diversity” from people who “see the problem differently,” and can bring in new perspectives to discuss.
“If the group never disagrees with you, it can’t be smarter than you, and you didn’t need the group,” Page said.
Listen below for Page's full explanation of the proven "bonus" diversity brings to problem-solving teams.
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