Different Minds Think Greatly

first_imgMy co-workers recently forwarded me an interesting article about cognitive diversity.The Techonomy article, written by John Hagel and John Seely Brown, asserts that “like-mindedness” can hurt corporations.In other words, we should re-think the phrase “Great Minds Think Alike” and perhaps turn to something along the lines of “Different Minds Think Greatly.”The title of the article, in part, states that “Too Much Like-Mindedness Hurts Companies.” They conclude:“Organizations that host a diverse and broad range of members have a resilience that results from cross pollination.”I agree with the authors, and I have relevant data to back them up. Over the past two years I’ve been developing a global innovation analytics platform as a way of measuring and accelerating global innovation. I’ve guided myself through this “Big Data” project using the six-step Data Analytics Life Cycle.We’ve aggregated thousands of employee ideas submitted into our Innovation Roadmap framework and run Social Network Analysis (SNA) algorithms against the data. We’re specifically looking for “clusters” of inventors that tend to have really great ideas. A “great” idea is an idea that is chosen as a “finalist” that is worthy of funding. The chart below highlights five such clusters, with the color “red” symbolizing a finalist.My attention was drawn to the larger cluster in the lower center of the graph. I asked our data scientists (led by Distinguished Engineer John Cardente) to drill down into this huge cluster, which contains a surprisingly large number of successful inventors. I asked them to color code each inventor using a different color shade representing what country they were from. The graphic below shows an inventor cluster representing five different countries: China, Israel, France, Australia, and the United States.In addition, certain individuals had extremely high “betweenness counts,” which indicates that they may be boundary spanners.These results certainly indicate that passionate inventors that seek to partner with diverse partners achieve a high level of success.The final piece of data that really backs up the article is the makeup of the winning team in 2012. Out of 2,200 employee ideas submitted in 2012, EMC selected the “Best-In-Show” idea from a team spanning Beijing, Shanghai, Egypt, and the United States.The Techonomy article infers that global multi-nationals actually have competitive advantage over smaller companies. Perhaps the best way to close my own blog post is to let the authors close it for me:“Organizations that host a diverse and broad range of members have a resilience that results from cross pollination. They have the ability to sense trends and react quickly and creatively to problems as they arise. As the lines between industries increasingly blur, this capability becomes more important, and is one of the advantages that large companies can have over small ones. In a world where we respond to increasing uncertainty by seeking out others like us, companies can play a significant role in building diversity and creating the mechanisms to enhance the potential for serendipity. Those who figure this out are likely to build a significant competitive advantage in resilience and creative thinking over firms that let us stay in our comfort zone.”last_img read more

Ahmed has 5 RBIs in Diamondbacks’ 10-1 win over A’s

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:00 IST Ahmed Has 5 RBIs In Diamondbacks’ 10-1 Win Over A’s Nick Ahmed homered and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver pitched five effective innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks stretched their winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:00 IST COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Nick Ahmed homered and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver pitched five effective innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks stretched their winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.The Diamondbacks put the game out of reach right away, batting around each of the first two innings to complete their first undefeated homestand since Aug. 25-31, 2017.Ahmed hit a three-run homer off Frankie Montas (2-2) in the first inning and had a two-run single in the second. Kole Calhoun also homered off Montas and Weaver (1-4) allowed a run on three hits, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.The A’s had four hits — one after the second inning — and struck out 13 times.The right-handed Weaver has struggled to start his second season in the desert, allowing at least four earned runs in three of his four starts. He was on a tight pitch count (3 1/3 innings) the last time out in attempt the limit the potential for blowup.Weaver worked out of a jam in the first inning, but pitched so well manager Torey Lovullo left him on the mound to earn his first win. He struck out six.Montas was scratched from his last start Friday against San Francisco and had not pitched since Aug. 8 against Houston.The right-hander had control issues coming off the long layoff, uncorking a wild pitch for the game’s first run and walking three in the first inning. Ahmed’s homer put Arizona up 5-0.Montas gave up a leadoff homer to Calhoun in the second inning and was lifted after his fourth walk loaded the bases with two outs. Ahmed greeted Lou Trivino with a two-run single to put the Diamondbacks up 8-1.Montas allowed nine runs on six hits.TRAINING TABLEA’s: LHP A.J. Puk will likely need a couple more bullpens before facing live hitters as he tries to return from a shoulder injury. He threw 30-pitch bullpen at the club’s alternate site Monday and is scheduled to throw again Wednesday.Diamondbacks: OF/INF Ketel Marte was given the day off. … 3B Jake Lamb took a bad-hop shot to the neck on a ball hit by Stephen Piscotty to third in the second inning, but stayed in the game.UP NEXTA’s: LHP Jesus Luzardo (1-0, 4.79 ERA) will start Wednesday’s series opener at home against Arizona after allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings against San Francisco his last start.Diamondbacis: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-1, 1.71) has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings his past two starts heading into Wednesday’s game.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports last_img read more