Lisa Guess

Diversity of Thought Results in Higher Performing Teams

Lisa GuessBy Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks

“That person just isn’t a good cultural fit…”  

Have you ever heard this phrase when a panel interviews a candidate for a job? Or worse yet, have you ever uttered this phrase yourself? While cultural fit can be an important factor, too often it is used as a way to avoid hiring someone who thinks differently than the group.

Yet when we choose only those we are most comfortable with, we end up with extremely homogeneous teams where everyone thinks the same way. The team doesn’t challenge popular assumptions and devolves to “groupthink,” where the desire for consensus and conformity results in inferior decision-making and outcomes.   Read More

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