Mindset: the new diversity

I read an article recently – and I’m kicking myself for not making a note of where it was and who wrote it – in which the author, a consultant, commented on an executive meeting he was attending at a client site.

The meeting included people of different ethnicity, religion, color, and gender.

Partway through the meeting, the consultant looked around and realized he had to say something about the lack of diversity he was noticing: a lack of diversity of thought and experience.

If I recall correctly, his comment was that “there was no diversity here at all.”

If everyone is thinking alike, there is no diversity of mindset.Click To Tweet

I am not dismissing the need for cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, or religious diversity (or any other aspect that I may have inadvertently omitted).

But wrapped in with all of that we must also be aware that even when someone looks different from us, or comes from a different culture, or whatever it may be, there may nonetheless be a common outlook on the world that makes our thought processes very similar, despite the cultural, ethnic, etc., etc., differences.

And that’s not a good thing for creative problem-solving, ideation, or innovation.

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you haven’t hired well.” Rory Brown, President of Bleacher Report (quoted in Fast Company).

“Have convesations with someone completely outside of your industry or field of expertise. It’s amazing what a fresh perspective can do to your thought process.” Michael Ventura, Founder & CEO, Sub Rosa (quoted in Fast Company).

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton

 

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