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Teams solve problems faster when they’re more cognitively diverse

In seeking to engage with multiple and diverse perspectives (Practice C2), we must go beyond differences in race, color, gender, and social differences to also seek out the people who disagree with us the most. This cognitive diversity may bring new ways of thinking about problems and innovation around solutions. As the authors of this Harvard Business Review article write, “When you face a new, uncertain, complex situation, and everyone agrees on what to do, find someone who disagrees and cherish them.”


   20 minutes

   By: Alison Reynolds and David Lewis, Harvard Business Review

   Educator-prep | Leader-prep

Making connections:

Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

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