YP: Out of the Box, Up the Pole, and Under the Sea - the Value of Diversity in Thought

“Diversity” is commonly cited as a desirable goal on teams and in companies.There is a good reason for this:people with diverse perspectives see different aspects of issues and problems, and tend to generate very different solutions.Sometimes the optimal solution comes from an unexpected source; sometimes the creative conflict that results from the airing of different points of view unearths hybrid strategies that are superior to anything that any individual – or group of similar individuals – would have come up with.This talk covers:

  • two real-life case histories of projects in which bringing in a broad range of backgrounds was critical to solving the problem at hand
  • the antithesis of diverse thought:groupthink.Symptoms of a team in groupthink and the problems that usually result
  • psychological factors that need to be fought in order to achieve real diversity on teams and creativity when working through problems


Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor
800 Bell Street
Houston , TX 77002

Date: Feb. 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - Feb. 23, 2010, 1 p.m.