“Diversity of viewpoints is a sign of strength, not of weakness!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m often invited in to speak on stage to global Fortune 1000 companies about how to be more innovative, and build a culture of collaboration. With that, I’ll often focus on how ensuring that many different ideas and cultures are followed is one of the most important things you can do to foster a culture of innovation. The diversity of ideas and opinions is a strength.
I try to do that in my daily life as well. My wife and I just spent a delightful morning touring Oman with our guide Haimam (I might have got the spelling incorrect – Haimam, if I did, please send me a DM!), as we get ready for my keynote tomorrow morning.
We visited the Grand Mosque, the Opera House, souk and Palace.
During our time together, my wife and I spent a lot of time quizzing him about Omani culture, tradition, history and family life. I’m always taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from those around me, because if I know one thing it is this – I do not know enough about the world around me. I can always be learning so much more.
I also know that my Western upbringing has brought me to a rather shallow view of the world, and that I can better understand future trends — and really, become an overall person – by learning more about the diversity of ideas and cultures around me.
And so when it comes to the future, innovation and creativity, turning your own mind into a sponge like mine is one of the best things that your can do!