Leverage Opposite Forces
To be successful in
today's complex, rapidly changing and highly competitive world, you must
embrace, manage and
2 Basic Business
"An important but widely overlooked principle of
business success is that integrating opposites, as opposed to identifying
them as inconsistencies and driving them out, unleashes power," writes Mark
Stevens, the author of Extreme Management. "This is true on both a personal level (the
balanced manager is more effective than his or her peer at one end of
the control spectrum) and on
organizational level as well... On an organization level we accept the
existence of hard and soft dichotomies because this binary perspective helps
to rationalize personal styles, viewpoints, and structures. Polarized
thinking is simplistic and misleading. In the business world, ideal
approaches are generally painted in gray as opposed to black and white."
and find a strategic
competitive advantage in an
context by seeking to leverage, rather than diminish, opposite forces.
People with different
cultural, educational, scientific, and business
backgrounds will bring
different frames of reference to a
problem and can
spark an exciting and dynamic
cross-pollination of ideas.
Creative Problem Solving:
Diversity at GE
"What sets GE apart is a
culture that uses diversity."
~ Jack Welch
"Integrated diversity" is a term
Jack Welch, the legendary former
GE, to define a
synergistic learning culture.
from Jack Welch
Integrated diversity only works when the
elements of that diversity, independent businesses, are strong in their own
right. That was why Welch had always
emphasized the importance of creating strong, stand-alone businesses. Welch described
"integrated diversity" as the
elimination of boundaries between businesses and the transferring of
ideas from one place in the company to another. "Integrated diversity means
the drawing together of our different businesses by sharing ideas,
by finding multiple applications for technological advancements, and by
moving people across businesses to provide fresh perspectives and to develop
broad-based experience. Integrated diversity gives us a company that is
greater than the sum of its parts."...