I hope you have enjoyed and found useful the following two articles/ messages:
1. Collective Intelligence: Include The Disabled for Success
We have been talking about the importance to include everyone without external limitations for positive results. Talked about the value of collective intelligence and swarm behavior. I think the following article from eSight Careers Network
will add to our discussion of this very important topic.
Balancing Your Team for Innovation by Jim Hasse.
Just a few highlights from article
Technology has broken down the walls between jobs in companies and between businesses on a global scale. Survivors in today's competitive business climate have learned how to harness teamwork among people to produce products and services at a better, faster and cheaper clip than their competitors.
Fostering diversity and valuing differences have become so crucial to innovation, the engine of economic growth in the U.S. and many parts of the world.
What has changed is that teams and diversity on those teams have come into their own. Yet, diversity initiatives are still among the first "frills" to get cut as a variable cost in corporate budgets during economic downturns because they're considered not critical.
The C.A.R.E. Profile approach introduced me to the concept that successful team members do the right thing at the right time -- not the same thing at the same time. While team members work together toward a common goal, individuals still must play their individual parts in the process.
Fahden and Namakkal's instrument identifies an individual's most natural team role so he can work from his strengths. Here's how Innovate with C.A.R.E. Profile describes those strengths:
As an employer, recognizing the value of this "hand-off" process and the diversity it requires at the team level will help you avoid getting stuck with too many team members playing the same role at the same time. It means valuing differences -- instead of the sameness -- in people and how they help your team approach a problem and find a solution for it.
That means diversity in thought processes is a key to innovation. Since innovation is crucial to being competitive in today's marketplace, it makes ethnicity, gender, sexual preference -- and physical ability -- not relevant.
Read the complete article, Balancing Your Team for Innovation to learn more at below URL.
Do you see any limitations which prevents diversity in thought processes? Has anyone seen any obstacles which prevents balancing your teams for innovation? Do you have any success stories you want to share about how you best harnessed teamwork by reducing external limitations, like inaccessible tools to help you produce products and services at a better, faster and cheaper clip than you’re competitors? How are you fostering diversity and valuing differences?
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments.
Global Dialogue Center