What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women.

Though-provoking article at http://hbr.org/2011/06/defend-your-research-what-makes-a-team-smarter-more-women/ar/1

My two cents:

  • I think the results are less about gender differences and more about the value of soft skills.
    • But the gender difference makes a catchy title. I saw the title on my twitter feed and thought, "This I gotta see..."  :)
    • At the same time, it's not a huge shocker that women tend to be better at these softer skills than men.
  • I would guess the value of soft skills is amplified in a group of strangers getting together for a few hours, compared with a typical work environment.
    • That is, it's not a surprise that when you put a bunch of strangers together in a group, raw IQ has less of an impact on the group's performance than ability to listen, sharing constructive criticism, having open minds, and not being autocratic.
  • Investing in soft skills, not just raw intelligence, is worthwhile for a company to do.
    • Thanks to my employer, and Lorie in particular, for the continual investment in us in this area!

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