Globalization has made a strong business case for diversity and collaboration. Kodak CEO, Antonio Perez says, "The U.S. represents only five percent of the world's population. We will fail if we do not understand what the other 95 percent needs, wants to buy, and how to engage with them. Diverse teams ... so having a diverse organization leads to better decisions."
Adding a different perspective, Proctor and Gamble CEO, A. J. Lafley says, "... a more diverse team will out-think, innovate, and execute a more homogenous team." Yet, there is a flip side to diversity. Perez says, "A big negative about diverse groups that we normally don't talk about is that a homogenous group often comes to conclusions faster.... With a diverse group, you will have a lot of distractions ... it is harder to have healthy debates ... We don't talk about [the challenge of diversity] much, but we should all be aware of it."
Diversity inevitably produces conflict unless people are skilled in collaboration. Innovation Outcomes helps organizations leverage collaboration and diversity for competitive advantage and for enhanced organizational effectiveness. Through individual and team assessments, we can identify personal dynamics and conflict management styles that can inhibit individual and team performance. With that information, we assist organizations in dealing with potential or obstacles and innovation barriers. (See our article about Resolving Differences and our brochure about collaboration.) __________________________________________________________________________________________
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