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Bassett Blog 2011/07: Board Composition, Part One: Diversity and Boards
"Page, in his writings and on the lecture circuit, notes that Nobel prizes are typically now won by teams, not individuals, because we can now have a collective brain. And winning combinations occur with a mixture of talent and reference frames. This is why diversity brings better performance. In fact, diversity trumps ability in groups: That is to say, a diverse group with a cross section of IQs as it is traditionally measured will outperform a homogeneous group of high IQs, because innovation and divergent thinking emerge in recombination. One caveat: The value of diversity to problem-solving is dependent upon the extent of collaboration and teaming. Sharing ideas, not conforming to consensus, is what brings value. Ideally, it’s the combination of talent and difference that produces results. In human ecosystems, that combination turns out often to be harder but better."
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july 2011 by robertogreco
Scott E. Page - In Professor's Model, Diversity Equals Productivity - New York Times
"[organizations made up of different types of people are more productive than homogenous ones] Because diverse groups of people bring to organizations more & different ways of seeing a problem &, thus, faster/better ways of solving it.

People from different backgrounds have varying ways of looking at problems, what I call “tools.” The sum of these tools is far more powerful in organizations w/ diversity than in ones where everyone has gone to the same schools, been trained in the same mold & thinks in almost identical ways.

The problems we face in the world are very complicated. Any one of us can get stuck. If we’re in an organization where everyone thinks in the same way, everyone will get stuck in the same place.

But if we have people with diverse tools, they’ll get stuck in different places… There’s a lot of empirical data to show that diverse cities are more productive, diverse boards of directors make better decisions, the most innovative companies are diverse."
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april 2011 by robertogreco

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