Diversity in Teams Drive Greater Creativity in Business
Author: Sarah A Scala, M. Ed & OD, ACC
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In 2018, Sarah Scala Consulting partnered with MindEdge Learning as a subject matter expert on Team Creativity, Innovation, and Employee Performance. I was interviewed to produce video content about specific topics that were incorporated into their online learning courses for MindEdge’s clients. For the course focused on Creativity in Teams and Organizations, Creativity was defined as the generation of new ideas, while Innovation was defined as commercialization of those ideas to create value.This is part of a blog series about this project.
Why do well managed diverse teams drive greater creativity?
Focusing on new ideas, less groupthink, and productive conflict promotes creativity. When everyone is the same, with similar backgrounds, geographies, education, and approaches, that tends to lead to Groupthink. Having a culture where it's safe to share different ideas and take risks leads to more creativity for teams and organizations.
Are disagreements on teams bad?
Historically, team disagreements were looked at negatively in business. Today, creative group conflict can be a strong value for a team. Healthy disagreement opens dialog to consider other ideas, different opinions, and perspectives. When we're constantly using the same ideas or “what's worked in the past,” we are left with less space for creative conflict and fewer ideas, as it comes to creativity.
How have you promoted creativity with your clients or organization? Comment below.
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Meet the Author: Sarah Scala
A dynamic consultant, coach, and educator, Sarah Scala provides organization and leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, change management, public speaking facilitation, and team development solutions. Her work transforms performance of executives, leaders, and teams, helping them reach their highest potential. She supports US-based and global clients across cultures, generations, geographies, and diverse industries.
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