- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM; Special ed. edition (February 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814436536
- ISBN-13: 978-0814436530
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Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity Hardcover – Special Edition, February 17, 2016
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“Comprehensive and systematic, The Cultural Intelligence Difference provides a useful roadmap to anybody seeking to navigate the unchartered oceans of diverse cross-cultural situations.” --Young Upstarts
"The author uncovers five key elements that play a powerful role in whether diverse teams innovate or not.” --Consulting Magazine
“…practical, tangible and gives new energy to creating a diverse team… if you need to create a more culturally aware team, this is a great book to help you get started.” --Junkyard Wisdom
“…an exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking book." --Blogging on Business
“Trust the book and you will find it is about much more than just how to get people from different cultures working together in a company.” --Autamme
“David uses real case studies to bring his ideas to life for the reader…provides a clear roadmap to understand the process of exploring potential opportunities and challenges.” --PM World Journal
“The best part of Driven by Difference is the confident and comprehensive, yet nuanced, tone the author takes on diversity…extremely helpful insights.” --Small Biz Trends
"Offers a solid architecture for being inclusive, for motivating productivity while spinning innovation through the world of work...this reader highly recommends adding the book to your 'must read soon' list." --TD Magazine
Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation rarely materializes. Why are so few businesses seeing results?
Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones—but only when they are managed effectively. The secret is to minimize conflict while maximizing the informational diversity found in varied values and experiences. To do this, both leaders and team members need a high level of cultural intelligence, or CQ.
Drawing on success stories from Google, Alibaba, Novartis, and other groundbreaking companies, Driven by Difference identifies the management practices necessary to guide multicultural teams to innovation, including how to:
Create an optimal environment • Build trust • Fuse differing perspectives • Align goals and expectations • Generate fresh ideas • Consider the various audiences when selecting and selling an idea • Design and test for different users
Cultural differences can lead to gridlock, or they can catalyze innovation and growth. This research-based plan turns diversity’s potential into economic reality.
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Good, quality management and a shared, inspired vision is necessary for success, notes the author, and he draws liberally from many companies who are reaping the benefit of multicultural team working to help the reader transform their workplace. Of course, it is by no means a simple process that can be resolved overnight, yet neither is it an insurmountable problem. There may be many tears and much frustration along the way, made worse by a possible class of cultures and beliefs, yet there can be light at the end of the tunnel. In any case, the author makes a compelling, persuasive argument and has kept hyperbole and impossible dreams at bay with this book. Just mixing up groups of people does not automatically lead to any innovation or improvement, yet a careful nurturing of a diverse group can bring additional perspectives, values, opinions and experiences to the party that itself can lead to better things being developed. Although for this to work, it does need a supporting and nurturing culture to underline it.
Sadly, as a society we are increasingly conditioned to fear the different cultures that we meet, particularly so we don’t create intentional offence. The end result is that people may shy away or mumble platitudes before moving on; losing the benefit of closer interaction and familiarity with those who are “different”. Any attempt to get different cultures living, working, cooperating and developing together can only be good. It does not threaten our own existence or values either. Cultural intelligence and understanding is good, as long as it is not used just as a defensive measure. This is why this reviewer particularly appreciated this book, as it was prepared to have a “grown up conversation” about different cultures. It was not evangelising for the sake of it, but it took a serious, cold look at an important subject that can, for many, be very beneficial.
Overall there was an interesting mix of information and themes coursing through the book. The style was a bit mixed and at times it felt as if it started to go out of focus and tap its primary meaning, nonetheless it is still a worthy, interesting read.
Trust the book and you will find it is about much more than just how to get people from different cultures working together in a company. Read it and discover it for yourself!
Diversity is a key to innovation in fact I strongly believe as many other well-minded people that diversity has always been the key to a great America. The more diverse we are as am country the better we will be as a country despite what certain politicians want you to believe today.
And yes this is what this book is all about. Author David Livermore takes this premise and takes it all the way to the point where he teaches us to not only understand diversity but how to encourage it, use it, capitalize on and make it work for our companies.
He even takes is through some examples of designing physical spaces that will encourage creativity through diversification. But that is just one of the more obvious things you’ll learn in this book.
I love the chapters on not only listening but hearing one another. By learning why one certain group does things one way and gets to the same point as another group that does it a completely different way.
He shows us how to get ideas from diverse teams, how to productively encourage and benefit from differences of opinion.
He demonstrates how some diverse teams have broken down stereotypical assumptions while opening up dialogue that gives people insights into one another, the way they think and why they think this way.
But you know what the most important lesson this book teaches? That we are all going to benefit a lot more from our differences when we respect one another. When we take the time to pay attention to each other and make a concerted effort to walk in each other’s shoes.
The message is simple. Let’s respect one another, let’s look out for one another, let’s learn from one another and most importantly let’s crate better organizations by celebrating both our similarities and our differences.
Thank you Mr. Livermore for this book. It represents an important building block in understanding diversity and its role in corporate culture.
What I like is the emphasize on “how” instead of the “why.” I’ve read all the books and articles about why diversity is important. I’ve watched the TED talks and sat in seminars about cultural awareness. I’ve taken the CQ and IDI and all the other tests about my cultural intelligence. All good and important.
But at the end of the day they lack tangible objectives on how to move forward. We don’t need more discussion groups on the topic; we need ways to implement what we have learned.
David aims to address that with this book. He gives practical examples of how to create a diverse team, nurture their differences while maintaining balance, and harnessing the different perspectives to truly innovate. It’s practical, tangible, and gives new energy to creating a diverse team.