What does an outsider do for performance? Make it better.
Bring an outsider into your next team meeting or group project. The person doesn’t have to hang around long — he doesn’t even have to be knowledgeable about your industry or the task at hand. The key is to find someone who possesses a different perspective or set of talents from that of your group. This diversity creates greater team synergy, which leads to creativity and growth, which ultimately leads to a better bottom line.
What does this mean in practical terms? Simply put, seek out unrepresented talents.
Do you have an entire team of “all in,” high risk/high reward type people? Have a calculated risk-taker and stabilizer sit in on your next meeting. She will keep your team on task, and away from all of those off-topic “ideating” sessions and rabbit trail projects.
Do you have a team of analysis driven researchers? Bring in a summarizer and bottom-liner. He will help you to stop discussing and start doing.
Or maybe your team is composed of abstract thinkers. Ask a hands-on person to weigh in on the project, and you will get a more quality, long-lasting product.
If only we knew in grade school that being an oddball isn’t so bad…
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