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An ever growing collection of articles, blogs and research relevant to diversity, with a special focus on diversity of thought and group decision-making.

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Singapore study supports the business case for diversity on boards across multiple dimensions

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The analysis of the top 100 Singapore listed companies illustrates a  strong relationship between board diversity and company performance. In a diverse society, a diverse board can provide multiple perspectives,  helping increased social acceptability and, in turn, ensure that the  board conducts itself appropriately. It is critical for boards to ensure  they have diversity of experience, background and thought. 

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Survey: 93% of New Zealanders want to be part of a workplace where there is diversity of thought

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According to Hays’ Staff Engagement: Ideas for action report, which is based on a survey of 1,196 employers and employees,  93% of employees want a ‘voice’ and the ability to share their opinions  at work and the same percentage want to work in an inclusive culture  where differences are valued.

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How To Build Work Cultures Of Psychological Safety Rather Than Fear

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Kathy Caprino interviews Any Edmondson – the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, to learn more about how an organization can move away from promoting a culture of fear, to one of psychological safety.

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Great Teams, Psychological Safety And The CEO

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In today’s world, it’s hard to imagine a more important skill for CEOs than the ability to create and develop high performing teams in their organizations.

According to Google’s work on teams and research from The Power of Peers (2016) on groups, neither high performing teams nor groups were  necessarily comprised of the most talented individual members. The best  teams/groups were those whose members collaborated most effectively. Read more here.

Reality check: more women on boards doesn’t guarantee diversity

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Dr Akshaya Kamalnath outlines how more women on boards can important indicator of gender equality and board effectiveness but gender is only one facet of diversity.

In the longer run, investors, employees, customers and wider society can all benefit from companies taking a broader approach to board diversity that aims to get multiple viewpoints into corporate decision-making.

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How Agile Leadership Can Improve Board Governance

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Dr Darleen DeRosa outlines how modern board governance is a far more  proactive undertaking, and many organizations are taking steps to change  the composition of their boards to encourage a greater diversity of  thought and promote the agile leadership qualities necessary to compete  in a business environment beset by disruption. 

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Why diverse talent matters for boards

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Professor Paul Healy from Harvard Business School has surveyed over 2,000 directors of global companies about their boards' diversity, size and composition, internal dynamics, internal governance, and effectiveness.

He says an effective board should be seen as a team of people, rather than an exclusive club, with a varied skill set and not too many high profile members.

Also recommended is taking the time to understand the culture and  tone of the whole organisation rather than just the elite, and avoiding group think. Read more here.

The Startup Board Report: Don't just appoint your mates to the board

A research report by Think & Grow and KPMG High Growth Ventures

Australia’s startup boards are predominantly recruited through the  referral networks of founders and investors — most of whom are men. This  lack of diversity and formal recruitment processes could be holding  back emerging businesses, according to a report from KPMG.

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Seek out diversity of thought and collaboration

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Helen Lee Bouygues, President of Reboot Foundation share her three simple habits to improve critical thinking:

  1. Question assumptions
  2. Reason through logic
  3. Seek out diversity of thought and collaboration

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Critically important (But less obvious) elements of leadership team diversity

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Fred Crawford of Alix Partners is concerned that a lack of diversity of background, experience, education and type of intelligence is a risk for effective organizational leadership.

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The Stormtrooper problem: Why thought diversity makes us better

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Diversity is what makes us stronger, not weaker. Biologically, without  diversity we die off as a species. We can no longer adapt to changes in  the environment. This is true of social diversity as well.

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How do you support a diverse and inclusive culture, practically?

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What practically can organisations do to improve diversity of thought today? Below are six things you can do now to take Diversity and Inclusion forward in your company.

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How you can make the wrong choice for CEO

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There is ample research to show that diversity, when harnessed properly,  can improve corporate performance. In cases of CEO succession, a board  with diversity of thought, backgrounds, and traits benefits the  organization by staving off groupthink and increasing the breadth of  perspectives. Constructing a quality board is about the caliber and perspective of  individual directors as well as the deliberate rules of engagement that  allow for productive debate and effective decision making. 

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