Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace

Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace

One of the most important skills companies require is problem-solving. Consider the following problem which comes from Matthew Syed’s book, “Rebel Ideas: The Power of Thinking Differently”.

Suppose you are a doctor faced with a patient who has a malignant tumor in his stomach. It is impossible to operate on the patient, but unless the tumor is destroyed the patient will die. There is a kind of ray that can be used to destroy the tumor. If the rays reach the tumor all at once at a sufficiently high intensity, the tumor will be destroyed. Unfortunately, at this intensity, the healthy tissue that the rays pass through on the way to the tumor will also be destroyed. At lower intensities, the rays are harmless to healthy tissue, but they will not affect the tumor either. What type of procedure might be used to destroy the tumor with the rays and at the same time avoid destroying the healthy tissue?

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