Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize that with increased diversity come new ideas, which directly translate to new and better products and services.
“Under the right circumstances groups re remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be smart. Even id most of the people are not especially well-informed or rational, it can still reach a collectively wise decision – The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
What Is Diversity?
Diversity comes in many “shapes and sizes.” It is the differences in culture, sex, gender identity, physical abilities, age, race, sexual orientation and even into political beliefs, religious practices and socio-economic status, education and temperaments. These traits make us all individuals; in fact, they make us the very essence of who we are. Continue reading “Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity”