Diversity Drives Innovation
By Scott Williams BigIsTheNewSmall.com
What is Innovation? Innovation is defined simply as the act of introducing something new. I appreciate organizations that value innovation. I’m an adamant believer that if a ministry, organization, group, or leadership team wants to be a driving force in the area of innovation, they must be diverse. If you have a bunch of guys and gals sitting around the table that all look alike, think alike and have similar life experiences, it’s only a matter of time before their new innovative ideas are merely recycled ideas. By recycled I mean more of the same.
Diversity as it relates to innovation does not only apply to ethnic diversity; however in my opinion ethnic diversity is always crucial. I love having an ethnically diverse team, as each team member brings their unique cultural and life experiences to daily discussions. These discussions and interactions ultimately drive innovation. If an organization wants to attract the brightest and most innovative minds in the world, they must make sure that all the faces at the leadership table don’t look the same.
It doesn’t matter if the entity is for-profit, not-for-profit or a religious institution. A diverse leadership team helps to create synergy, productivity, and the ability to serve a diverse world. Over time, that diverse group of leaders may need to be shuffled around, because long-term familiarity can also result in more of the same.
Diversity is different, change is good, innovation is new and Diversity Drives Innovation.
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