Cognitive Diversity: How Your Organization Can Thrive With It

Did you know that auto-tune, so prevalent in music today, was actually developed by an engineer at an oil company seeking to send sound waves into the ground for seismic data exploration? This is a great example of how cognitive diversity can drive innovative thinking by encouraging employees to take their experience and expertise from one area and apply them to another.

Diversity comes in many forms and is hugely beneficial to team collaboration, problem-solving, and business success. While bio-demographic diversity (age, gender, culture, language, and race/ethnicity) may be more evident, cognitive diversity (expertise, experience, and perspective) is gaining interest among L&D professionals. By understanding the benefits of cognitive diversity and building it into the hiring process, organizations can realize higher functioning and more creative teams. What does supporting this type of diversity look like in practice, and how can it enable growth and innovation within an organization?

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