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Cognitive Diversity

Cognitive Diversity

The concept of cognitive diversity focuses on diversity of thinking and is composed of four dimensions:

  • Perspectives. People represent situations in different ways
  • Interpretations. Through diverse interpretations, teams can discover multiple resolutions.
  • Heuristics. People resolve issues in different ways.
  • Predictive models. Some analyze, and others look for a story. Both are useful for discovering workplace solutions.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Diversity & Inclusion: 5 Lessons from Top Global Companies

Diversity & Inclusion

There is a significant relationship between competitive profit gains and diversity.

Companies with gender, ethnic and racial diversity are at least 15 percent more likely to experience above-average financial returns.

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  • Recognize the Shift in Global Understanding of D&I.  Diverse thinkers come from a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Build an Inclusive Environment. All people are encouraged to draw upon their unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to advance business goals.
  • Use Multiple Practices and Measures.  Have solutions in place to monitor and retain a talented and diverse workforce.
  • Ensure Leaders Model Diversity and Inclusion. It sets the tone for the rest of the organization to follow suit.
  • Recognize the Connection Between Innovation and D&I. Diversity and inclusion increase innovation and reduce business risk.

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Why diversity matters.

Diverse Companies with a wide range of employees enjoy broader skill sets, experiences, and points of view.

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Take a moment to consider if your employees and team members are coming to you with new ideas and innovations.

To create a sense of security where employees will feel safe to share their ideas, tailor your training strategy to employees ' individual strengths. The employees will feel safe in the training environment and be more willing to take risks when sharing their ideas. From the training room, it can spread organically into day-to-day operations and the workplace culture.

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Oscar Holmes - PhD Rutgers School

"It’s hard to have a conversation about systemic injustices.  One, [diversity-related topics] are hard to approach,  and two, some people think they already know everything about diversity."

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