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The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy (Our Compelling Interests) Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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"Scott Page . . . makes a very pragmatic, even clinical, case for diversity. He presents evidence on how ‘cognitive diversity’--people perceiving, analysing and solving problems in different ways--can benefit the bottom line of any organization."--Nature Astronomy
"The evidence is well presented by Page, who reiterates with his convincing analysis the importance of genuine inclusion."--Hashi Mohamed, Prospect
"This very clear and compelling book will help people consider specifically what shape their challenges and problems take and what kind of diversity will help address them."--Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist
"Scott Page’s model of diversity--less a glorious rainbow of superficial attributes, more a toolkit crammed with different skills and perspectives--is a powerful way to appreciate the problem with homogeneity."--Tim Harford, Financial Times
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"If you want your business or team to perform better, read this book. With compelling evidence, examples, and writing, Scott Page makes the business case for drawing out diverse perspectives, and shows you exactly how to do it. A clear road map for every team and leader."--Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People Operations at Google and author of the New York Times bestseller Work Rules!
"Scott Page’s research is a breakthrough in the business case for diversity and inclusion. The Diversity Bonus should be required reading for leaders who want to unlock the full potential and performance of their teams. It has profound implications for the future of work and talent management."--Matt Breitfelder, Chief Talent Officer, BlackRock
"An excellent book that combines convincing stories and persuasive arguments about the benefits of diversity."--Simon A. Levin, Princeton University
"It can be hard to persuade hiring managers and project and team leaders to move beyond the assumption that you get the best results by gathering a group of experts with similar skills and education. The Diversity Bonus is a scientific yet engaging look at why diverse teams always beat homogeneous teams comprised of the ‘best’ players."--Troy McIntosh, Senior Director, U.S. Cellular Corporation
"Scott Page challenges leaders and companies to follow the math--and do the right thing. Simply put, he shows that diverse perspectives are most valuable when addressing issues with both complexity and uncertainty. The goal is to create an inclusive culture and employee experiences that facilitate the ability to embrace and leverage each other’s talents and differences."--Brian J. Miller, Vice President of Learning, Development & Inclusion, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
"Combining rigorous economic theory with artful policy analysis, Scott Page explains why the goal of achieving greater diversity in business, government, and other organizations needs to be pursued with determination. Devoid of political cant and platitudes, this book is teeming with unexpected insights. A must-read for anyone who wishes to engage in intelligent discussion about diversity and inclusion today."--Glenn Loury, Brown University
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The author believes that getting a diverse mix within the workforce can give many benefits, both to individual companies and society-at-large. The so-called ‘Diversity Bonus’ is a term of the author which, he argues, comes about by using diverse teams to look at often-complex tasks that can solve problems, innovate and impact positively on results. All of this is due to the different way that people process information, challenges and experiences and output this within their work. A group of diverse people, therefore, may have a greater hive mind than a homogenous group of equals.
This should not be written off as some wishy-washy liberal thinking. The author digs into many scientific disciplines such as psychology, economics and computer science to formulate these views, backed up with his own real-world experience and research. It is a credible compilation of thoughts that sound obvious, when you consider it, but sometimes the obvious things can be overlooked, whether inadvertently or by design. It can be time for change and a book like this can either light the fuse for action or help validate and guide your work-so-far.
The result changes the way we think about diversity in the workplace—and far beyond it. A business case can be made for this change and this can be essential as seemingly everything must be justified today, as if just doing the right thing wasn’t enough on its own.
Unfortunately, the book feels to be a bit of a ‘slow burner’, requiring more attention and focus to what is an important subject. It was a little inaccessible and proved to be a bit too easy to dip out of – and this is a big risk when you are trying to advocate a possibly radical course of action. If you can persevere you may be rewarded, as the subject is worth it. A more direct approach to writing would have been more suitable and it need not have watered down the book’s content, authority or purpose.