Cognitive diversity is the recognition that people differ in their perspectives and how they process information. A greater diversity of thought allows teams to tackle uncertain, complex situations with far greater success than less diverse teams. In fact, Harvard Business Review has identified cognitive diversity as a key predictor of team performance and success.
This session will begin with a definition of cognitive diversity, with an emphasis on its value to the organization. Second, the session will describe a simple framework for recognizing this diversity. Finally, the bulk of the session will provide techniques and practical applications for encouraging cognitive diversity in the workplace.
This session is intended for people interested in understanding other ways of thinking and encouraging thought diversity on their teams. No prior knowledge is required.