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Keep the team small.
Increased functional diversity on
the teams does not necessarily increase
innovation. Social cohesion between the members of a team
can suppress the exchange of views, since cohesive groups focus
on maintaining relationships and seeking concurrence. Cut back
on number of functional areas represented on the team, so as
help the team crystallize its identity...
Virtual Teams: Best Practice
The team can't just
it has to make the most of it. The best teams credit
their creative breakthroughs to challenging people from
and the like to come up with something better together...
Diversity is a specialized term describing a
workplace that includes:
The Power of Taking a Different View
Diversity of thought,
perception, background and
experience enhance the
It was by taking a
different view of a traditional business that major
achieved. To find a better
creative solution to
the current practice, force yourself to
reframe the problem, to
break down its components and assemble them in a different way.
To be successful in
today's complex, rapidly changing and highly competitive world, you must
embrace, manage and
synergize critical opposites. You can
and find a strategic
competitive advantage in an
context by seeking to leverage, rather than diminish, opposite forces.
People with different
cultural, educational, scientific, and business
backgrounds will bring
different frames of reference to a
problem and can
spark an exciting and dynamic
cross-pollination of ideas...
Creative Problem Solving:
Diversity at GE
"Integrated diversity" is a term
Jack Welch, the legendary former
GE, to define a
synergistic learning culture. He described
"integrated diversity" as the
elimination of boundaries between businesses and the transferring of
ideas from one place in the company to another. "Integrated diversity means
the drawing together of our different businesses by sharing ideas,
by finding multiple applications for technological advancements, and by
moving people across businesses to provide fresh perspectives and to develop
broad-based experience. Integrated diversity gives us a company that is
greater than the sum of its parts."4...
from Jack Welch
Creativity of Groups
Interplay among individuals is
essential to the
innovation process. While individual
creativity is important, and even crucial to business, the creativity of
groups is equally important. The creation of today's complex systems of
products and services requires the merging of knowledge from diverse
disciplinary and personal perspectives.
– whether it be revealed in
new products and services,
business models – is rarely an individual undertaking.
cross-pollination of ideas is critical...
Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements
Entrepreneurship is the art of finding
profitable solutions to problems. This requires diversified expertise.
According to Peter McArthur, "Every
successful enterprise requires three men – a
dreamer, a businessman, and a son-of-a-bitch."...
Smart and Hard