Lesson 1.10

When Do Differences Not Matter As Much?

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations below:


Key Concepts:


We’ve been talking a lot about the power of cognitive diversity. But is it always important?

  • In fact, cognitive diversity is less relevant if you’re running an assembly line than if you’re inventing an assembly line. Assembly lines need less diversity because they’re not solving novel problems.

  • But there’s actually still a good case for including cognitive diversity even in groups that are working on a metaphorical assembly line.

    • The more differences a group has, the more comfortable every member of the team will feel about their own dimensions of diversity. A group of people who aren’t solving novel problems will still have a higher morale if they don’t have to worry about hiding who they are. The more uniform the group is, the more likely someone who is different will have a hard time.

    • Plus, when unexpected problems arise on the so-called assembly line, a cognitively diverse team will have a better chance of coming up with emergency solutions than a team that’s just been taught to think one way.

  • On a related note: In our personal lives, the more cognitive diversity we include in our everyday relationships, the more chances we have to exploring the mountain of life and be more innovative ourselves.