The Power of Diversity

Updated: Sep 25


Diversity of thought represents something called deep-level diversity, as opposed to surface-level diversity. Surface-level diversity is defined as differences among individuals in overt demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, race or nationality. Deep level diversity refers to differences among individuals that are at the psychological level or level of how someone perceives the world. They include differences in personality, values, and attitudes. For cultural diversity, the deep-level differences most commonly examined are values or attitudes associated with culture. Research shows that surface-level diversity often acts as a reliable proxy for measures of deep-level diversity, but that it is the true diversity of thought that leads to greater creativity and innovation from diverse groups.


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Text: Diversity of thought represents something called deep-level diversity, as opposed to surface-level diversity.  Surface-level diversity is defined as differences among individuals in overt demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, race or nationality.  Deep level diversity refers to differences among individuals that are at the psychological level or level of how someone perceives the world.  They include differences in personality, values, and attitudes. For cultural diversity, the deep-level differences most commonly examined are values or attitudes associated with culture.   Research shows that surface-level diversity often acts as a reliable proxy for measures of deep-level diversity, but that it is the true diversity of thought that leads to greater creativity and innovation from diverse groups.


Sunnie Giles: In terms of diversity, if you approach diversity as a diversity of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, all that stuff, but if you don’t have diversity of thoughts, you are not doing justice to the power of diversity. A lot of companies actually take that compliance angle instead of the innovation angle. That’s where they fall short.


Shad Morris: So you match the profile of someone that’s diverse, but we don’t want to hear your ideas that are diverse?


Sunnie Giles: Yeah, exactly. Then it’s like you’re putting lipstick on a pig’s lips.


Shad Morris: Nice, I like that visual.


Sunnie Giles: Yes, so then you’re not getting as much benefit out of the power of diversity.

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