Cognitive Diversity

People Leaders Podcast

Jul 05
Cognitive Diversity Social

Workplace diversity has been a pretty hot topic in recent years. Most people think of diversity in terms such as gender, age, race or physical or intellectual ability. And rightly so, as diversity based on these characteristics add tremendous value to a workplace.

However, there is a less talked about form of diversity that has a huge impact on how teams and businesses operate. Cognitive diversity refers to the differing perspectives or information processing styles that we have. The ways in which we take in information, how we process that information, and how we make decisions based on that information. We discussed it on this week’s podcast episode.

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In this episode:

  • Most of us are knowledge workers these days, hence the way in which we organise and process information has a huge impact on the work that we do
  • By ensuring diversity in styles across the team, you are more likely to achieve the best outcomes for all concerned.
  • We need to be able to switch between one perspective and then the other(s). You can't hold multiple perspectives at the same time. So what does that mean when we're managing people and managing teams?
  • Being able to switch effectively between perspectives will greatly enhance your problem solving and team building skills. But first it helps to know what those different perspective look like.
  • How we receive information
  • How to balance cognitive diversity In the workplace

"If everyone is thinking the same thing, someone's not thinking at all." General George S. Patton #mbti #myersbriggs #workplacediversity #diversity #hr #leadership CognitiveDiversity

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