Yes, Diverse Teams Make For Better Innovations

On a gut level, we can all agree that diverse teams are great for innovation. It makes complete sense that a group smart people with different sets of knowledge would be better than a team of like-minded individuals. But is it actually true? According to a few recent studies, the answer is yes. Teams that file patents for industrial innovations, for example, are more likely to be comprised of members with deep expertise in different disciplines, and the most influential scientific papers — i.e., the most highly cited — tend to be interdisciplinary in nature. The evidence, it seems, backs up our intuitions: assembling a diverse team may not guarantee success, but it will certainly increase the odds.

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Boost Performance by Managing Mindfully

Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things. Paying attention to what’s going on around you, instead of operating on auto-pilot, can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. To be more mindful and encourage the practice within your team:

  • Make not knowing okay. Encourage your team to ask, “Why? What are the benefits of doing it this way versus another way?” Such questioning helps you recognize and take advantage of new opportunities.
  • Imagine that your thoughts are completely transparent. If they were, you wouldn’t think awful things about other people; you’d find a way to understand their perspectives.
  • Remember that stress comes from how you look at events, not from the events themselves. If you feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, question the belief that you’re the only one who can do a task or that there’s only one way to do it.
EXPERIENCE IS THE NEW CURRENCY OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
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Experience Digital by Mike Kent