“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 Question–Next Connection–Next 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.
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Sometimes we have to define sides in order to fight necessary battles, but if we lead from the perspective of having contextual adversaries who can eventually become collaborative allies, we shift our thinking from limited victories to enduring success.
As a society, we are slowly coming to grips with how implicit biases impact how we learn, interact and lead in the workplace because our brains tend to see what we expect to see instead of what actually is in front of us.
Moneyball is one of those rare movies that is about baseball but has nothing to do with baseball. It has to do with thinking differently, challenging the status quo, and understanding that the collective sum of the parts always (seriously, always!) equal more than the simple addition of the parts, even if some of the parts are amazing.
If being disagreeable is a negative thing, people who decide to be disagreeable do so at peril to their careers, right? Actually, not quite.
“Don’t you feel that your work and your writing actually make the differences you seek to erase stand out with greater force? By continuing to focus on differences, are you not, in fact, making the differences stronger than they would be if no one discussed them?”
Are our identities truly that transient? Yes and no. Each of our identity characteristics is a critical component of who we see ourselves to be; however, different characteristics become activated in different contexts either as an outgroup identity or as an in-group identity.
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.
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.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
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.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.
Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.
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.
Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.
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.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
Differences challenge assumptions.
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.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.
The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
Diversity creates dimension in the world.
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.