The Math of Synergy
Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key concepts below.
We explore intellectual territory when we combine perspectives and heuristics.
The more different ways we can look at a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Perspectives.)
The more different ways we can approach a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Heuristics.)
When we do both, we maximize our chances of making breakthroughs.
Cognitive Diversity is the diversity of perspectives and heuristics between a group of people—or inside our own heads.
Any time we learn something new, any time we consult with someone about their ideas, we’re gathering up cognitive diversity.
This is how “synergy” can actually happen.
The analogy of “Problem Mountain” shown in the video above can help you visualize how Cognitive Diversity works.