I highly recommend this brief yet informative article from David Rock. He is challenging the process of hiring for cultural fit. He provides two examples from well-known companies that focus on adding cognitive diversity into teams resulting in increased performance.
Here are my takeaways:
- Diverse teams have higher IQs and EQs.
- Diverse teams feel less productive and homogenous but consistently produce better results. Rock provides evidence.
- Hiring for core values, well-rounded teams as priorities over job skill set creates higher performing teams, and teams of teams.
This perspective dovetails well into what Bill Campbell, the so-called “Trillion Dollar Coach” taught us with his primary focus on teams working with Apple, Google, Intuit, and many other successful companies years before they made it.
“When players (team members) find themselves in a situation where management has a great deal of integrity and they can depend on my word or anybody else’s word in the organization, they feel secure. And if the players feel secure, they don’t want to leave here. And if they don’t want to leave here, they’re going to do everything they can on the court to stay here.” – Red Auerbach, team-focused executive, Trillion Dollar Coach
Creating and leading diverse teams can be your number one competitive differentiator while also creating a highly productive and fulfilled set of teams and team members.
Please see the full article here.
Bill – Certified Growth Coach, Foundations in NeuroLeadership certified, PI Certified Partner, MG100 member coach
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