– I’m getting more and more interested in the diversity and inclusion subject. Although I’m a white male, D&I doesn’t always have to do with skin color or gender. An often-overlooked aspect of the topic is cognitive diversity.
Companies produce the best results and are better able to innovate when their team members don’t all think, process information or see the world in the same way. Diverse teams make better decisions. Leaders who innovate and make an impact seek out those who don’t share their opinions.
Research shows that the kinds of diversity we most commonly think of – rage, gender, age – had no correlation to a team’s results. What did make a difference was whether the team members had different perspectives and different ways of processing information.
What does it mean cognitive diversity? When we recruit, we look for people like us. It’s important to address this bias when it comes to factors like race, gender, and age. But you should also be aware of favoring people who think like you do as well.
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