Friday, June 22, 2012

MGH Leadership Academy hosts spring lecture

THE POWER OF DIVERSITY: From left, Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, Page and Prince-Erickson

The MGH Leadership Academy hosted its fifth annual spring lecture, "Diversity, Performance and Innovation," June 13 in the Starr Conference Center. Guest speaker Scott E. Page, PhD, the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan, discussed the pragmatic value of diversity in group settings.

Carlyene Prince-Erickson, director of MGH Employee Education and Leadership Development, said the lecture is the academy's culminating event of the year and serves as a way to spark conversation on current subjects that are important to MGH managers. "We are thrilled to have Scott here today to bring the conversation about diversity to a whole new level."

During his presentation, Page emphasized elements of his most recent book, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies. He discussed the word "diversity" in terms of the different ways people think rather than different ethnicities or cultures. According to Page's research, groups that have a broader range of perspectives can outperform groups of like-minded experts or a single thinker with an enormous IQ. Through anecdotes and examples, he encouraged attendees to embrace the potential of diversity in the workplace and beyond.

Page's presentation was taped and will be available to managers on the Leadership Academy website at a later date.

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