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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Why Thinking Differently Is Your
Greatest Asset
for explaining why "Thinking Out of the Box"
is so critical today and how you can achieve that in
today's complex working environment.

The Hidden Factor
Why Thinking Differently
Is Your Greatest Asset
Lectures by Professor Scott E. Page

Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset (2012)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset at TheGreatCourses.com

From technology to business, two (or more) heads often prove to be better than one - but only if those heads are cognitively diverse. Top-performing companies, universities, and innovation centers are increasingly finding ways to encourage a greater exchange of ideas among their staff. Scientific journals continue to see the number of authors per paper rise, while both Nobel Prizes and patents are frequently granted to teams. The need for group problem solving has never been more critical. So what’s driving the demand?

  • The changing nature of work: The complexity of challenges faced by today’s “creative class” has produced a new reliance on teams. A group with diverse experience and education can often more effectively provide solutions by bringing myriad viewpoints to the table.
  • Demographic trends and technology: Technology is making the world smaller and connecting us with diverse sets of people and ideas. Our cultural identities influence everything from the books we read to the stories we hear in childhood and, thus, the way we make sense of the world.

Diverse perspectives are a powerful tool for maximizing productivity and enhancing collective performance. Believe it or not, you can even be “diverse” all by yourself. You can, to quote Walt Whitman, “contain multitudes.”

The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset is your opportunity to learn the strategies that make you a more diverse thinker and position you to break down institutional silos and build robust, effective teams. Delivered by Professor Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan - a pioneering researcher in his field - these 24 thought-provoking lectures are packed with case studies, cautionary tales, and formal mathematical methods that prove the case for cognitive difference.

Whether you’re in a leadership position or striving to advance your career, Professor Page’s techniques will train you to

  • tackle problems with the right mix of individuals,
  • drive innovation and avoid collapse,
  • adapt to changing circumstances and challenges,
  • forecast outcomes with greater accuracy, and
  • identify conditions in which diversity trumps ability.

By teaching you to “see around the bend” and analyze decisions from multiple perspectives, The Hidden Factor even has practical benefits beyond the workplace. From determining which house to buy to where to invest your money, life requires making smart predictions at every turn.

Professor Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, where he is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research and the Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. His core interest is reflected in his most recent book, Diversity and Complexity, which explores the contributions of diversity to performance within complex systems.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Individual Diversity and Collective Performance 13: Digging Holes and Splicing Genes
2: Why Now? The Rise of Diversity 14: Ability and Diversity
3: Diversity Squared 15: Combining and Recombining Heuristics
4: The Wisdom of Crowds 16: Beware of False Prophets - No Free Lunch
5: The Diversity Prediction Theorem Times Three 17: Crowdsourcing and the Limits of Diversity
6: The Weighting Is the Hardest Part 18: Experimentation, Variation, and Six Sigma
7: Foxes and Hedgehogs - Can I Be Diverse? 19: Diversity and Robustness
8: Fermi’s Barbers - Estimating and Predicting 20: Inescapable Benefits of Diversity
9: Problem Solving 21: The Historical Value of Diversity
10: Diverse Perspectives 22: Homophily, Incentives, and Groupthink
11: Heuristics and the Adjacent Possible 23: The Problem of Diverse Preferences
12: Diversity Trumps Ability 24: The Team. The Team. The Team.


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The Hidden Factor
Why Thinking Differently
Is Your Greatest Asset
Lectures by Professor Scott E. Page

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Why Thinking Differently Is Your
Greatest Asset
for explaining why "Thinking Out of the Box"
is so critical today and how you can achieve that in
today's complex working environment.