I’m an ENTP on the Myers Briggs, a Maximizer (amongst other things) on Strengthfinder, a high D on the DISC and orange on the True Colors assessment. It seems every few years, my place of employment develops a fondness for one instrument or another designed to provide insight into our learning styles, tendencies or blind spots.
Diversity of Thought at Work
Frankly, we all know ourselves well enough that there aren’t surprises or enlightenments in the process. No revelations such as “wow, I only just realized that I’m an introvert.” What the assessments do provide however, is a clearer window into our co-workers. Done correctly, I get clarity around someone’s need for information before a decision, another’s keen ability to influence, or one person’s respect for rules and compliance. The opportunity to learn about our differences creates greater awareness about diversity of thought.
Promoting diversity of thought isn’t a new idea but in our zeal to manage diversity according to affirmative action codes, it’s one that can be overlooked – and it’s beneficial in the workplace. One study from Forbes Insights suggests that companies focused on developing this type of diversity will create a competitive advantage through higher and better innovation. Hong and Page conducted research where randomly selected teams were pitted against teams of hand-picked high performers. The result? Randomly selecting problem-solving teams from a diverse population outperformed teams comprised of the best-performing individuals.
Diversity of Thought at Home
This isn’t just a lesson for the office but it’s a thoughtful way to approach projects and decisions in our personal lives as well. Who in your life comes at problems from a different angle than you? It’s likely not your closest friend as we tend to surround ourselves with people most like us. Next time you’re trying to figure out how to organize a community gathering or redo a room in your house or planning a kid’s birthday party, recruit ideas from others who think differently. Surround yourself with a wide range of thinking and you’ll end up with better outcomes.
This tart recipe seems perfectly fitting as an accompaniment to diversity of thought. Chanterelles from the rainy blue Northwest together with Swiss Chard from the desert Southwest – the combination comes together beautifully in a creamy no-egg nutmeg sauce that surprises us when it doesn’t have a traditional breakfast for lunch taste.
Diversity of Thought in the Kitchen
Swiss Chard Mushroom Tart
Adapted from the rebel kitchen
I used the pastry shell from this recipe.
- 1 lb mushrooms, sliced into chunks
- 1 lb swiss chard, sliced into thin ribbons tbsp butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- Leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
If you are following the pastry recipe in my link, press the mixture into a tart tin and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the tart shell and turn the oven down to 350.
In a heavy frying pan, sauté the mushrooms in the butter. Cover and allow to sweat for a minute. Add the swiss chard and stir until wilted through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Next, mix the butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat to create a roux. Gradually add milk and whisk constantly. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper, and sprinkle in the thyme leaves and Parmesan just before removing it from heat. Pour the sauce over the mushroom chard mixture and stir to coat evenly. Put the mixture into the pie crust and cook for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the top with a bit of extra parmesan as you remove it from the oven.
Where can you seek out opinions that are starkly different from your own in order to grow your own thinking?