A penguin is considered to be a clumsy, stodgy animal when placed on a rock in a zoo. But if it jumps into the water, it becomes one of the most amazing, economic swimmers you can find amongst all animals. There is a tremendous power in diversity and the contribution of people, which can work in an environment, which emphasizes their strengths. So do we really want to continue wasting time on mitigating weaknesses?
I am an engineer and I am working in the software industry for many years now. Nowadays I take care for people - developers, team leaders, but even many more employees involved in running a successful business. I try to be a servant leader, who works with the people. Decisions are taken with the people and not for the people. Thereby, my profession has become coaching and mentoring rather than engineering.
In recent years a body of research has revealed another, more nuanced benefit of workplace diversity: nonhomogenous teams are simply smarter. Working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpen its performance. Let’s dig into why diverse teams are smarter. [button url=”https://hbr.org/2016/11/why-diverse-teams-are-smarter” target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]
When we start to become more agile, we start to look at the mindset of people and how they collaborate. We are considering teams to be the fundament for growth and success. Conformity is no objective at all, contribution of individual talents to a group is what we strive for. Where diversity meets collaboration, you can really claim to work the agile way.
Uncertainty is something we try to avoid – whenever possible. We want to know what we need to know, to be able to come up with reliable plans. Plans are supposed to keep deviations away from us, as they could make us struggle. Uncertainty can be seen to impose scepticism, doubt, mistrust. But it is always there and cannot be neglected, so we should anticipate it in favor of more robust plans.