When Do Differences Not Matter As Much?
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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.