People from other countries?
Diverse support for
high performing teams
Team building Belbin
To you, to me, to others?
People thinking differently
>Sources of differences
> Personality types/traits
> Shy, extrovert, pragmatic, risk taker…
> Styles of working, learning
> Team worker, leader, lone thinker…
In essence we need to have a
diverse mix of people and
thinkers on our Boards to avoid
group think, tunnel vision,
staying in comfort zones.
We all have our own ways of thinking and working styles.
Many categories, patterns, and ways of thinking e.g.
> Insights - Colours
> Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
> Belbin – Team roles
> Shaper, Teamworker, Coordinator, Implementer, Specialist etc.
> Myers- Briggs
> ENTJ, ISTJ, INTP.. A mix of Thinking, Judging, Performing, Introversion etc..
> Deloitte’s Business Chemistry
> Pioneers, Guardians, Drivers, Integrators
Working for Cognitive Diversity
Look beyond the
great & good
Look beyond the
sponsor to find
sources of diversity
Identify skill gaps
quiet life or
panel. Smile be
advertise to all
Gaining value from cognitive diversity
Managing a diverse team is challenging and can be uncomfortable:
> Publish meeting papers in good time, highlight key areas for discussion, allow time for considered discussion
> Get to know colleagues, think about their work styles, how to balance and encourage to speak up.
> Be inclusive, foster dialogue, even constructive argument – advisors with contrarian views can add some ginger!
> Encourage respect for different views, remember, it takes courage to voice a minority view. Build trust.
> Get to know the introverts, draw out their thoughts and ideas. The lone voice may be the one to listen to! Don’t
rush to judgement.
> Manage the dominant thinkers. Be a ‘devil’s advocate’ to develop argument
> Away days for Board to work together, ask for feedback on how meetings run, have Board reviews.