The Great Courses No.5133: The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset
24 lectures | 30 minutes each | Year Released: 2012
MPEG-3 | 128 Kbps, 44.1 KHz, 2 channels | English | 661 MB
From technology to business, two (or more) heads often prove to be better than one—but only if those heads are cognitively diverse. Top-performing companies, universities, and innovation centers are increasingly finding ways to encourage a greater exchange of ideas among their staff. Scientific journals continue to see the number of authors per paper rise, while both Nobel Prizes and patents are frequently granted to teams. The need for group problem solving has never been more critical. So what’s driving the demand?
* The changing nature of work: The complexity of challenges faced by today’s “creative class” has produced a new reliance on teams. A group with diverse experience and education can often more effectively provide solutions by bringing myriad viewpoints to the table.
* Demographic trends and technology: Technology is making the world smaller and connecting us with diverse sets of people and ideas. Our cultural identities influence everything from the books we read to the stories we hear in childhood and, thus, the way we make sense of the world.
01.Individual Diversity and Collective Performance
02.Why Now? The Rise of Diversity
04.The Wisdom of Crowds
05.The Diversity Prediction Theorem Times Three
06.The Weighting Is the Hardest Part
07.Foxes and Hedgehogs—Can I Be Diverse?
08.Fermi’s Barbers—Estimating and Predicting
11.Heuristics and the Adjacent Possible
12.Diversity Trumps Ability
13.Digging Holes and Splicing Genes
14.Ability and Diversity
15.Combining and Recombining Heuristics
16.Beware of False Prophets—No Free Lunch
17.Crowdsourcing and the Limits of Diversity
18.Experimentation, Variation, and Six Sigma
19.Diversity and Robustness
20.Inescapable Benefits of Diversity
21.The Historical Value of Diversity
22.Homophily, Incentives, and Groupthink
23.The Problem of Diverse Preferences
24.The Team. The Team. The Team.
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