Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?

Harvard Business Review

Setting aside social, political, and moral reasons for encouraging a more diverse workplace, there is arguably no better incentive for promoting diversity than the premise that diverse teams and organizations are more creative. And if there is, do the potential gains in creativity produced by diversity come at the expense of interpersonal harmony and team cohesion? The conflicts arising from diversity can be mitigated if teams are effectively led.

Grow Your Business by Hiring Nurturing Leaders

Strategy Driven

One can find examples in other fields where promoting cooperation rather than competition enhances creativity. Many of us unconsciously believe that women in leadership roles should be like men – whether we will admit this or not.

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How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

Harvard Business Review

A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable. The diversity committee, which had been meeting for about six months, seemed interested in trying something new. Nonetheless, I ultimately accepted the diversity committee’s offer.

Meet the New Face of Diversity: The “Slacker” Millennial Guy

Harvard Business Review

Statements like that of the Silicon Valley engineer who expressed resentment at his manager’s demands by saying, “[he] doesn’t have two kids and a wife, he has people that live in his house, that’s basically what he has,” as reported by Marianne Cooper, are increasingly common among younger men. “It’s Today, managing diversity is not limited to women, LGBTQ individuals, or people of color. Diversity also means managing men who aren’t like you—and don’t want to be.

Leading for Others

Great Leadership By Dan

History suggests that women will not be able to fully dismantle the ceiling by sheer force of will and talent without the active contribution and cooperation of male leaders. Meet with the diversity manager to ask how you can contribute toward the organization’s diversity goals.

Care for a white-water ride?

N2Growth Blog

Strategic cooperation’s with (parts of) companies without changes in ownership structures. To illustrate the above I would like to share the story of “permanent white water”, often told by Roosevelt Thomas, president and founder of the American Institute for Managing Diversity Inc.

Four Myths About Conflict Resolution

Lead Change Blog

If peace means we are getting along, cooperating, and not hurting each other, then we can’t get there without addressing our differences and disagreements. Diversity was built into the universe from the beginning. Conflict has a bad rap.

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process

Harvard Business Review

” In the workplace, this “can stymie diversity, recruiting, promotion, and retention efforts.” ” On the other hand, words like “collaborative” and “cooperative,” tend to draw more women than men. ” Set diversity goals. “Diversity goals are worthwhile,” says Bohnet. A growing body of research suggests that diversity in the workforce results in “ significant business advantages ,” says Gino.

To Address Gender Bias at Your Company, Start with Teams

Harvard Business Review

Real diversity efforts require organizations to address the social patterns that stifle women’s careers, not just the symptoms that result from them. Like many failed organizational changes, current approaches to diversity and inclusion run into the brick wall of the status quo. To change that status quo, organizations need to radically rethink their approach to diversity and focus on ways to mainstream diversity and inclusion in local team practices.

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

Harvard Business Review

The soil’s goal is to become a place where diverse seeds can contribute and succeed. As I am gay, it was very disheartening that these employees who are trained in diversity and acceptance acted both unprofessionally and impolite. Victims don’t want to call others bigots or be accused of “playing the diversity card” — these options can be career limiting. Difficult conversations Diversity Organizational culture Digital Article

Immigration Is at the Heart of U.S. Competitiveness

Harvard Business Review

In 1970, the year I was born, Guyana’s dictator declared the country a cooperative republic and deepened relations with Cuba, North Korea, and the Soviet Union. This is the kind of diverse team that CEOs covet and that builds great businesses. National competitiveness Diversity Demographics Digital ArticleJohn F. Kennedy Airport, 1981. I was 11 years old, and my mom and I had just arrived from Guyana. Together, we had $34.

Our Aim, Vision and Values

Deming Institute

When cooperation supplants competition, and people know what their jobs are and how they contribute to the system. We believe in working together with a spirit of cooperation, collaboration, respect and support. We are a diverse and inclusive community. Our Aim. The aim of The W.

Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out Matters for Apple, and Business

Harvard Business Review

Anderson Cooper. Cook’s new openness shows that Apple is walking its talk on diversity – positioning them even more favorably in the never-ending Silicon Valley talent wars. Apple Diversity Ellen. Michael Sam. All three broke barriers by coming out in their respective industries – comedy, television news, and football. Now they’re joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who just announced that he’s “ proud to be gay ” and, in the process, became the first Fortune 500 CEO to come out.

Chip Shots – When Work Styles Differ

Lead Change Blog

The variety adds depth, diversity and strength. In every case one team member proposed cooperation for the goal and once embraced by the team members, progress became easy.

10 Danger Signs for Teams

Execupundit

Lack of openness Lack of intellectual diversity Information-hoarding Lack of cooperation Malicious gossip Conflicting goals Indifference to priorities Lack of urgency Disloyalty Lack of accountability

The Growing Power of Women in Business

Women on Business

In the past, business was about cooperation, and we cooperated because we had to. Men are great at cooperating. So the bottom line is that diversity has always been an unbelievably powerful force in any company—not just racial diversity, but male-female diversity too.

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Research: Arab Inventors Make the U.S. More Innovative

Harvard Business Review

innovation system, we ran an exercise matching Arabic first names with international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Diversity Demographics Digital ArticleFrom Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah, a Lebanese-born American serial inventor, to Ahmed Zewail, the 1999 Nobel laureate in chemistry, to Farouk El-Baz, a NASA and MIT scientist who helped plan the Apollo landing, to Elias A.

Catalyst Atlanta 2016 Recap

Joseph Lalonde

The early church was a diverse group. Trust and cooperation are lacking in this world. L ast week I had the opportunity to attend the Catalyst conference in Atalanta, Georga. Catalyst is a gathering of church leaders who want to grow their skills and abilities.

Creative Problem Solving Teams

Coaching Tip

As the extrovert polishes the bluntness, critical or condescending attitude of the introvert while the introvert begins to sensitively recognize the need for more warmth and tactful communication along with better team cooperation. Each Can't Offer Everything: Know that each one of you is incapable of offering everything, so for true diversity, you work in concert to provide the widest range of options to others. "My way or the highway" partnerships don't work well.

Six Ways To Make Collaboration Work

You're Not the Boss of Me

It was lovely to see the easy cooperation that danced among them as they shared the various pieces of playground equipment and discussed the merits of this climbing apparatus over that.

High-Trust Teams

Coaching Tip

Like all social animals, human beings have an instinctive need to cooperate and rely on each other to satisfy their most basic emotional, psychological, and material needs. The powerful effect of trust is that it enables cooperative behavior without costly and cumbersome monitoring and contracting. . Organizations create working groups, task forces and teams to accomplish goals that require diverse talents and capabilities. Trust is central to human existence.

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The Four Stages of Becoming a Team Player

Great Results Team Building

Teamwork is defined as the coordinated activities of a cohesive group who contribute diverse skills and resources to accomplish a compelling common goal. It is cooperation, and one small step away from reaching the top of the team collaboration ladder.

The Collective Wisdom of Relationship-Centered Networks

Michael Lee Stallard

In addition to being a well-organized, clear writer, Morris is a Renaissance man who always sprinkles his writings and interviews with thoughtful insights drawn from remarkably diverse fields of knowledge.

Mars Incorporated: A Sweet Place to Work

Coaching Tip

And since these managers would increase their effectiveness with more warmth and tactful communication (read: effective team cooperation), Mars leadership encourages them to get a personal executive coach along with experienced mentors. . The demographics of the Mars workplace in the U.S. -- about 70% of it in manufacturing, almost entirely nonunionized -- are diverse; women constitute 38% of the managers. .

Collaboration & Six Ways to Make It Work

You're Not the Boss of Me

It was lovely to see the easy cooperation that danced among them as they shared the various pieces of playground equipment and discussed the merits of this climbing apparatus over that.

10 Keys To Collaboration

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Key 2: Learn to value and manage diverse groups. Communication competence, cooperation, and flexibility are the most frequently identified attributes important to effective collaborative practice. . Key 1: Know yourself. Many realities exist simultaneously.

Leadership Matters

N2Growth Blog

In 1973/4 I participated in an Overseas Fellowship at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in a work/study cooperative programme in Flint, Michigan, which was the birthplace of GM. (as featured in mining.com). CEO Interview: Sam Walsh.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

Contemporary information systems are blind to many of the key drivers of productivity and have consistently failed in their quest to integrate the diverse operations of a company. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

It's So Easy

Execupundit

People Skills Are Hard Skills - More Than You Know

Building Personal Strength

It is still common for most managers to refer to people skills as “soft skills,” because they aren’t specifically about the business of the organization. They aren’t about computers, vehicles, machines and other “hard” equipment.

Chip Shots – The Power of Interdisciplinary Efforts

Lead Change Blog

David Dye – In my experience, the key to effective interdisciplinary efforts, cross-departmental cooperation, and breaking down silos is a clear focus on one organizational priority.

Unbridled Capitalism

Coaching Tip

On the other hand, we are not all created equal when it comes to our diverse aptitudes and abilities. By Guest Author Henry B. Zimmer. In the 1987 movie Wall Street , Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, makes the statement that “Greed is Good”.

How to Turn Group Work into Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

If you are an educator, you have most likely attempted group work, or “cooperative learning,” at some point over the recent past. And odds are that it was, while perhaps a welcome diversion from routine, not as impactful as you may have envisioned or hoped.

Successful Leadership Is Not One Size Fits All

Coaching Tip

GE is known for its diversity and ability to function competitively in many markets. At HCL Technologies, and India-based IT company, the corporate culture springs at least partly from a broader Asian idea of cooperative action. Here, diversity in the decision-making fits the terrain.

Common Purpose Leadership

Leading Blog

Simon Cooper, president and CEO of Ritz-Carlton, calls this “scriptless service”. With such a diverse clientele, employees cannot simply operate by choosing from a limited number of preselected solutions to guest requests. Simon Cooper, president and COO of Ritz-Carlton says the best reason to rid an organization of mindless hierarchy is to provide scriptless service : employees deciding on their own how to make guests happy.

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The 2010 Execution Round-Up: Six Companies That Couldn't 'Get It.

Strategy Driven

Plus, as a result of a lack of cross-organizational coordination and cooperation, Nokia wasn’t able to improve its proprietary operating system, Symbian, which would have allowed it to support a more sophisticated smartphone. The BRIDGE that failed for Gap Makers #2, 3, and 4 : Company-Wide Coordination and Cooperation. Shared goals and clearly defined roles provide the foundation upon which cooperation and coordination can be built.

Get Rid of Unhealthy Competition on Your Team

Harvard Business Review

They feel a sense of shared fate that fosters the development of trusting, cooperative relationships. Frame the challenge ahead (the work, the initiative, the project) as something in need of diverse perspectives and skills.

Deep Factors Shaping the Global Economy

Leading Blog

He isn’t ignoring the fact that we are losing jobs to the Internet or that people do sell all over the world, but his point is that American culture has made Americans uniquely suited to sell products and services over a more diverse (global) population. He gives a couple of reasons why the gaps developing from the forces of economic integration and rapid globalization will threaten the cooperation necessary to solve our problems.

The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

Harvard Business Review

” Decentralization offers the promise of nearly friction-free cooperation between members of complex networks that can add value to each other by enabling collaboration without central authorities and middle men. While it’s hard to imagine a Wal-Mart with the diversity of products offered by Amazon or even eBay, that is the kind of future we are moving into.

Alibaba Looks More Like GE than Google

Harvard Business Review

Competition trumps cooperation, and distributed decision-making by individual business units trumps universal strategy. Conglomerates resist this approach, combining more diverse businesses and allowing them separate decision-making structures.