FOSTER VIGOROUS DISSENT
There is ample (scientific) evidence that organizations which are made up of people from diverse backgrounds and which foster a culture of vigorous dissent fare much better than those which don’t; and in pretty much every aspect — from their ability to innovate to the amount of revenue they bring in.
Sadly a lot of organizations seem to run on the principle of a cloned workforce and an inherent need for harmony. This is too bad.
As I’ve explained in an earlier post: I strongly believe in brutal intellectual honesty
. You have to have the ability to argue, to rip things apart, to hear the voices from an as diverse group of people as possible — only then will you create something superior.
This is your chance to create this environment and create an organization which is a truly amazing living organism and not just a dull version of Disneyland.
Foster vigorous dissent and practice brutal intellectual honesty.
P.S. A friend of mine is putting together a neat event
where investors pitch to startups (yes — you read this right). If you happen to be in Berlin and want to go: Get €60 (>45%) discount if you apply for COS Berlin (May 16th) and write “startup bootcamp” in the “referred by” field in your application. Apply here
. And no — I don’t get paid for this. ;)
Build What Matters.