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Research & Insights

“Progress belongs to the Askers; the smarter the question, the lesser the guessing.”― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Asking smart and tough questions until we get answers that work is what we do. We know that diversity, inclusion, leadership, unconscious bias, cognitive differences, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and other such human dynamics are complex and constantly changing. We apply the Nextions Next QuestionNext ConnectionNext Action model to design interdisciplinary studies to break down the complexities so that we can help you think smarter and lead better in your workplace.

See our latest research below or search for specific topics.

Books & Book Chapters

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Research Studies, Articles & Essays

 

Written in Black and White: Exploring Confirmation Bias in Racialized Perceptions of Writing Skills

Given our finding in a previous study that supervising lawyers are more likely than not to perceive African American lawyers as having subpar writing skills in comparison to their Caucasian counterparts, we asked if confirmation bias unconsciously causes supervising lawyers to more negatively evaluate legal writing by an African American lawyer.

Another Take on Diversity: The Problem with an All-Female Jury

Exclusion by process (women not being asked to serve on juries even though they were eligible) was deemed to be as detrimental as exclusion by legislation (laws excluding women from being eligible to serve). The court went so far as to say: “It is said, however, that an all-male panel drawn from the various groups within a community will be as truly representative as if women were included.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov