Experts have a clear understanding of the potential advantages that diversity brings to teams and organizations.

APM acknowledges that diverse teams generally outperform homogeneous ones. This correlation is increasingly evident in the performance and financial outcomes of organizations.

Does this align with your personal experience?

In a previous section, you explored exceptional and high-performing teams. Based on your own observations, do you see a connection between diversity and performance? Do teams with greater diversity produce superior work? Additionally, what challenges arise when working in highly diverse teams?

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  1. My name is Charles Ntanta and my experience on diversity and better performance agrees totally with this.
    My reason is that diversity in project management brings concentration to assigned task. Less man hour loss and drive to show what you have in you to contribute to the project. Nobody wants to be blamed for poor performance. Where the people know each other well, there is tendency for distractions as the project is ongoing.

  2. In my experience, the key to leveraging diversity for enhanced team performance lies in effective management practices. Successful diverse teams often exhibit:

    • Strong Leadership: Leaders who are committed to diversity and inclusion set the tone for the team. They actively promote an inclusive culture, address biases, and ensure that diverse voices are heard and valued.
    • Open Communication: Encouraging open and transparent communication helps mitigate misunderstandings and fosters a culture of trust and respect. Regular team-building activities and discussions about cultural differences can enhance mutual understanding.
    • Inclusive Practices: Implementing practices that promote inclusivity, such as diversity training, mentorship programs, and equitable opportunities for all team members, helps in harnessing the full potential of a diverse team.
    • Focus on Common Goals: Emphasizing shared goals and objectives can unite team members, regardless of their backgrounds. When team members are aligned around a common purpose, they are more likely to collaborate effectively.

    In conclusion, while diverse teams have the potential to perform exceptionally well, realizing this potential requires intentional and thoughtful management. The benefits of diversity, such as increased creativity, better decision-making, and broader market insight, can significantly outweigh the challenges when these challenges are addressed proactively. Effective leadership, open communication, inclusive practices, and a focus on common goals are crucial to turning diversity into a performance advantage.

  3. A great thinker (AMADOU AMPATE BA) from my region used to say that the beauty of a carpet lies in the variety of its colours.
    I would say that the strength of a good team also depends on the diversity of its members.
    The diversity of the group is both a challenge and a major asset that the project manager must absolutely succeed in achieving.

  4. Diverse teams have advantages and disadvantages just like homogeneous teams but in my own analysis diverse teams do better work due to there variety of experience and perspective which brings creative and innovation to the project at hand.

    The challenges are namely
    1. Communication barriers- speaking different languages and may come from different backgrounds
    2. Different style of work- they may encounter different way of carrying out a project.

  5. Diverse teams and Homogeneous teams both have their advantages and disadvantages .
    From experience one with get to understand that in diverse teams every one comes to a new stage with their A-game and rolled up sleeves to work. For starters there are no social attachments that could cause to much deliberations,because it is expected that every one on board is an expert in their field of assignment. So their diversity their is just one end goal, to achieve the set target which is to complete the project .l, no unnecessary distractions and mischief. Collaborations, creativity , innovative solutions and experience all play a key role in meeting the set target. Diverse teams could also on a disadvantage base on the fact that almost all team members are new and this may cause friction in communication, deliberations, understanding and execution of projects.

    In Homogeneous teams, these people are already familiar with each others roles and specialities this could be an advantage or a disadvantage, It is advantageous because teams would simply spring to action to save time because everyone already understands their roles and duties and not much deliberations is needed. On the other hand familiarity could cause delay ..

  6. A diverse team consists of people from varying expertise,age,skills/knowledge, and experience and as a result
    tends to produce a outstanding result.Unlike with homogenous teams,diversity team tends to produce better output as
    they are more focussed onset as there is no preknowledge of each other or social attachment.Their major goal is to have the goal achieve
    and task delivered.
    Embracing diversity brings numerous benefits, such as better team collaboration, increased creativity and problem-solving, broader perspective in viewing matter
    personal development boosting. However, issues like communication barrier (in international project),conflict management and trust could pose
    as challenge within such team especially if the PM is not experienced enough.

    Familua Adeniyi
    Cohort 15,Team 1

  7. From personal experience I’ve observed that when a diverse team is put together, because of little to no social interaction, these people don’t really know themselves and so don’t want to misrepresent themselves to new people.
    I wouldn’t want to hold up a project or be seen to be the reason for the team’s inability to perform well. I believe that this is the thinking of everybody in a diverse team hence the desire to do their best work.
    There’s also the part where the diversity comes with it a wider range of knowledge and skills as opposed to a homogenous team where the areas of expertise are most likely closely related. Again, in a homogenous team, social interaction may become a distraction to the project at hand.

  8. Knowledge, skills, and ideas are put together from different individuals when working with divers team and it takes time for understanding to be built in team work.

  9. Based on my experience, I realized that a diverse team has a higher performance rate than a homogenous team because each comes different ideas, culture and way of seeing things and these really helps when it comes to project performance.

    Teams with Greater diversity produces superior work because everybody will be ready to learn a new thing compare to a homogenous team that sometimes, we don’t what each other has to offer.

    The challenges that arises with working with highly diverse team is that it takes some time before trust and effective communication can be achieved because each member will want to prove that what they have to offer is better than the other and this will eventually create chaos and loss of reasonable time that was meant in achieving the task ahead.

  10. I love this part of this teaching, so relatable for me.

    Based on experience over the years, I have realized that a diverse team has a higher performance rate than a homogenous team. In my experience, working with a range of unfamiliar but skilled people places me on my feet from wanting to deliver my part of the bargain on time to not wanting to delay the team and avoid backlash of any sort. Most importantly, I always want to present and represent myself well on the team.

    On the other hand, my experience is different with a homogenous team – I am always a bit relaxed as team members are usually familiar, and perhaps I have been with a few on past projects. While we aim at getting the work done as a team, the work environment is usually not formally strict as there are a lot of see finishes everywhere.

    So again, a mixed and diverse team will have a higher performance rate than a homogenous team.

    Thank you

    Mary Ayo

  11. Working with divers team is of great benefit. Knowledge, skills, and ideas are put together from different individuals

    While it’s time effective. Most diverse team make sure they all work hand in hand until the project is well done.

    Inasmuch as these, there are still few disadvantages or setbacks such as location, communication barrier which occurs as a result of the the large number of people involved; thus, making communication cut across everyone in the team.

  12. Research has consistently shown
    that there is great positive relationship between diversity and performance. And it is also good to note that more diverse teams tend to outperform less diverse teams in various aspects, such as:

    1. Diverse teams bring unique perspectives, ideas, and experiences, leading to more innovative solutions.
    2. Diverse teams are better equipped to tackle complex problems, as they can approach challenges from multiple angles.
    3. Diverse teams tend to make more informed decisions, as they consider a wider range of viewpoints.
    4. Diverse teams stimulate creativity, as team members learn from and build upon each other’s strengths.
    5. Diverse teams often lead to higher employee satisfaction and engagement, as team members feel valued and included.

    Challenges that arises when working in highly diverse teams

    1. Communication barriers: Language and cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication.
    2. Difference in work styles: Team members from diverse backgrounds may have different work habits, priorities, and expectations.
    3. Unconscious biases and conflicting perspectives: This can lead to tension and conflict within the team.
    4. Integration and inclusion: Ensuring that all team members feel valued, included, and supported can be a challenge, because sometimes your methods of doing this can be perceived as being bias
    5. Leaders must be skilled in managing and harnessing diversity to maximize its benefits.

    To overcome these challenges, teams can employ strategies like:

    1. Active listening and open communication
    2. Cross-cultural training and awareness programs
    3. Establishing clear goals and expectations
    4. Fostering an inclusive team culture
    5. Encouraging feedback and constructive conflict resolution

    By embracing and effectively managing diversity, teams can unlock the benefits of diverse perspectives, leading to better performance, innovation, and success.

  13. Relationship Between Diversity and Performance
    1. Diverse Teams and Performance:

    In my experience, there is a strong relationship between diversity and team performance. Diverse teams often bring a wide range of perspectives, skills, and experiences, which can lead to more innovative solutions and better decision-making. Here’s how diversity can enhance team performance:

    Broader Perspectives: Diverse teams bring different viewpoints and approaches to problem-solving, which can result in more creative and effective solutions.
    Enhanced Innovation: Teams with diverse backgrounds are more likely to generate innovative ideas, as members can draw from varied experiences and knowledge bases.
    Improved Decision-Making: A diverse team can consider multiple angles of a situation, leading to more thorough and well-rounded decision-making.
    Increased Adaptability: Diverse teams are often more adaptable to change, as they can leverage a wide range of skills and experiences to navigate new challenges.
    2. Challenges of Working in Highly Diverse Teams:

    While diverse teams have many advantages, they also face unique challenges that need to be managed effectively:

    Communication Barriers: Differences in language, cultural norms, and communication styles can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication.
    Conflict Management: Diverse perspectives can sometimes lead to conflicts if not managed properly. It’s important to foster an environment where differences are respected and valued.
    Integration: Ensuring that all team members feel included and valued can be challenging, especially if there are significant differences in backgrounds and experiences.
    Decision-Making Speed: Diverse teams may take longer to reach consensus due to the need to reconcile differing viewpoints and approaches.
    Personal Experiences and Reflections
    1. Positive Experiences:

    Innovative Solutions: In my role as a production coordinator, I have worked with teams that included members from various departments and backgrounds. This diversity often led to innovative solutions that we might not have considered if everyone had a similar perspective.
    Learning Opportunities: Working with diverse teams has provided me with numerous learning opportunities. I have gained insights into different cultural practices, work styles, and problem-solving approaches, which have enriched my professional and personal growth.
    Enhanced Problem-Solving: During a project at MTD, the team’s diversity allowed us to address issues from multiple angles, resulting in more comprehensive and effective problem-solving.
    2. Challenges Faced:

    Communication Issues: In some cases, differences in communication styles led to misunderstandings. We addressed this by establishing clear communication protocols and encouraging open dialogue.
    Integration Efforts: Ensuring that all team members felt included and valued was sometimes challenging. We implemented team-building activities and regular feedback sessions to foster a more inclusive environment.
    Conflict Resolution: Diverse viewpoints occasionally resulted in conflicts. By promoting a culture of respect and providing conflict resolution training, we were able to manage and resolve these conflicts constructively.
    Discussion
    Reflecting on these experiences, I believe that while diverse teams can face unique challenges, the benefits far outweigh the difficulties. Effective management of diversity can lead to high-performing teams that deliver exceptional results. My advice to others would be to embrace diversity, promote open communication, and foster an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and heard.

  14. In my experience there is a significant relationship between diverse teams and high performance. The diversity in the team is characterized by different skills, experience, knowledge and expertise, hence their performance is high when diverse team members work simultaneously. However challenges may occur as a result of their terms of reference, communication pattern and reporting lines. It is the duty of the project manager team lead to harmonize the skills of the diverse team, provide support and leadership through project team meetings and communicate the bigger picture which is the project goal. A typical example is a project team comprising of program officer, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer, data entry officer”‘no be small fight” (challenge) if they don’t understand that they are working towards the same project goal despite their different skill set. This is because programs will hit the ground running to implement project deliverables, M&E will come after programs for quality, means of verification, milestones, operating procedures in a manner that can disrupt the project while data entry because of ethical requirements of data confidentiality will not share data with programs these I was able to address as a Program Manager. Another example is that of a diverse team in a bank comprising of the marketing and operations team. The marketer will bring all manner of accounts and transactions which not all will be accepted by operations.

  15. Embracing diversity can have numbers of advantage /positive effect. A diverse team would produce an outstanding result because of the differences that exist the between the team individually. Knowing that a diverse team is the coming together of different people from different places with different knowledge and experience which makes the team produce a phenomenal result. However we cannot overlooked that the difference in communication styles, cultural belief can affect effectiveness and building unity between the team members.

  16. From personal experience of working with diverse teams, a team with diversity tends to produce better output than homogenous teams however this also depends on who leads the reams.
    Additional, team members will have the opportunity to showcase and test the various skills they have acquired and improve where needed. Likewise, Team Bonding formed amongst team members can also be a platform to drive inclusivity in the organization.

  17. A diverse team tends to produce an outstanding result due to the differences that exist between them. A diverse team consists of people from different places, knowledge, and experience and this is why they will produce a phenomenal result. a team with diversity tends to produce better output than homogenous teams however this also depends on who leads the reams.
    A team with diversity is focused on the tasks ahead and delivering of them,
    Teams with greater diversity produces superior work because there is a greater combination of expertise to work together just to get a common outcome.

    The few challenges in highly diverse teams are; communication barrier, level of expertise, location.
    The project manager schould know how to deliver the diverse skills, knowledge and personalities of the team members.

  18. A team with diversity is focused on the tasks ahead and delivering of them,
    there is no room for familiarity and time wasting with socialism . this makes the team to deliver better especially if the project manager knows how to deliver the diverse skills, knowledge and personalities of the team members.
    From my point of view it depends on the project manager handling it

  19. from my experience of working with diverse teams, a team with diversity tends to produce better output than homogenous teams however this also depends on who leads the reams.
    A team with diversity is focused on the tasks ahead and delivering of them,
    there is no room for familiarity and time wasting with socialism . this makes the team to deliver better especially if the project manager knows how to deliver the diverse skills, knowledge and personalities of the team members.

  20. Working in diverse teams has a lot of benefits. For one, there are a lot of first hand learnings as team members will have the opportunity to glean from each others backgrounds and experiences.

    In addition, team members will have the opportunity to showcase and test the various skills they have acquired and improve where need be. Likewise, Team Bonding formed amongst team members can also be a platform to drive inclusivity in the organization.

    While working as a team is very important and key, it is crucial and pertinent to note that an individual’s ability to work alone without supervision should be taken into consideration as well, as there are jobs that require one to work with minimal supervision and deliver on the go. It is important to have the right balance.

  21. A diverse team tends to produce an outstanding result due to the differences that exist between them. A diverse team consists of people from different places, knowledge, and experience and this is why they will produce a phenomenal result. One person’s weakness is likely going to be the other person’s strength. They can always complement each other to produce outstanding results.

    The inability of the project manager or the team lead to manage this advantage will lead to its disadvantage. Part of these are misunderstandings and low productivity or results as the case may be.

  22. In my experience, diversity in teams is very beneficial. It brings about experience and problem solving solutions leading to innovative and good outcomes. Even as the saying that goes that it is good to know something about everything, and everything about something. This way you’ll have good idea of all that is to be discussed.

    So I feel diversity in teams will help the team to move faster.

  23. My own point of view In teams and organizations, diversity can have a number of advantageous effects. Having access to a wider range of viewpoints, experiences, skills and knowledge, diverse teams can solve problems more creatively and innovatively. Assumptions can be questioned, in-depth discussions can be encouraged, and critical thinking can be nurtured, all of which improve decision-making processes. there will be nothing like familiarity. However, it cons cannot be overlooked either. differences in communication styles, cultural beliefs can hinder effectiveness and collaboration between the team members.

  24. Embracing diversity brings numerous benefits, such as better team collaboration, increased diversity within teams, and reduced biases. Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce can lead to many positive outcomes, like improved teamwork, leveraging differences for greater success, and ultimately achieving collaborative success. 
    The Benefits of Diversity in a team are;
    1. Boost creativity and problem-solving
    2. Improved decision-making
    3. Enhanced profits
    4. Boost personal development
    5. Improved employee confidence
    6. Improved the quality of the product and services
    7. Enhanced global reputation
    8. Engaged with millennial fenerations
    Through enhanced communication, innovation, and inclusivity, diverse teams become powerful engines of growth and transformation.

    There is connection between diversity and performance because both leads to better outcomes.

    Teams with greater diversity produces superior work because there is a greater combination of expertise to work together just to get a common outcome.

    The few challenges in highly diverse teams are; communication barrier, level of expertise, location.

  25. In my opinion,working with a diverse team brings lots of advantages in that it brings together different perspectives which can spark innovative ideas and creativity. It also offer broader skillset and expertise from the varied background which brings about a well rounded decision making. Because of the diverse nature it offer a better problem solving capabilities. The diversity is most likely to lead to a higher job satisfaction.

    Although there are some downside with working with a diverse team, like communication barriers, differing viewpoints and decision making can take longer than necessary, the benefits greatly outweigh the downside.

  26. In my experience as a transaction coordinator, having worked with diverse team members on different property transactions from start to finish. I will say that diversity enhances team performance, and requires effective management of communication, trust-building, and conflict resolution. Organizations must recognize the potential benefits and proactively address challenges to reap the rewards of diverse teams.

  27. Diversity in a project team can significantly impact its performance in various ways:

    1. Broader Perspectives: A diverse team brings together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and expertise. This diversity of thought can lead to more creative solutions and innovative approaches to problem-solving.

    2. Enhanced Problem Solving: With a variety of perspectives, team members can identify potential problems and opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked. This can lead to more thorough analysis and better decision-making.

    3. Improved Communication: Working with people from different backgrounds encourages open communication and fosters a culture of respect and inclusion. Effective communication is essential for team collaboration and coordination.

    4. Increased Adaptability: A diverse team is often more adaptable to changes and challenges because its members bring different skill sets and viewpoints to the table. This adaptability is crucial in a dynamic project environment where unexpected obstacles may arise.

    5. Better Decision Making When team members approach problems from different angles, they’re more likely to consider a range of options before making decisions. This can result in more well-rounded and effective solutions.

    6. Enhanced Creativity: Diversity fosters creativity by encouraging the exploration of new ideas and perspectives. When team members feel empowered to express their unique viewpoints, they’re more likely to contribute original and imaginative solutions.

    However, managing diversity effectively is key to reaping these benefits. Team leaders must create an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and respected. This might involve promoting diversity training, establishing clear communication channels, and addressing any conflicts or biases that arise. Additionally, it’s essential to recognize and celebrate the contributions of each team member, regardless of their background or identity. By harnessing the power of diversity, project teams can achieve higher levels of performance and success.

  28. My thoughts on diversity and performance is that diversity brings lots of spice into the projects and might create tension in the projects because a lot of opinions might confuse the actual goal of the project.But with careful analysis of all the suggestions put together might make the project manager arrive at faster decisions which will eventually hasten the project.

  29. My observation is that there is a strong relationship between diversity and team performance because a team that has members who are from diverse backgrounds brings a variety of perspectives to problem solving and decision-making, which can lead to better outcomes for any project. Additionally, a diverse team brings on board a range of skills and expertise.

    Diversity in teams doesn’t automatically guarantee superior work. culture of respect and trust among the team members must come into play for effective working but when this is lacking because of diversity, it can pose a challenge to the performance of a team. Diversity can also lead to friction within the team, especially when goals or values conflict. Superior work is more likely to result from teams where members are aligned when it comes to values and goals. In conclusion, while diversity can contribute to superior work in teams, it is not the sole determinant. There are other factors to be considered if a diverse team should produce superior work.

    Working in highly diverse teams has it’s own share of challenges. These may include:
    1. Conflict Resolution: Diverse teams sometimes experience conflicts that arise from cultural differences, varying perspectives and divergent opinions.
    2. Cultural Misinterpretation: Misinterpretation of cultural cues,norms and values can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications
    3. Different working styles and preferences: Individuals from diverse backgrounds may have different work styles, preferences, and expectations regarding tasks, deadlines, and work-life balance.

  30. Umeanolue Lilian
    Team 6

    More diverse teams tend to perform better than homogeneous ones. This is because the team members have a wide range of knowledge and cognitive abilities. They are highly skilled and have different ideas which can produce better outcomes. They can work better because there is row social cohesion which reduces the risk of over-familiority among team members. In addition, they are more effective as they are made up of individuals from different cultural backgrounds and as such can help resolve issues in that regard.
    However, the challenges of working in highly diverse teams include:
    1. Communication barrier which can be caused by style of communication or language differences.
    2. Cultural differences.
    3. Discrimination
    4. Power dynamic
    5. Difficulty in building trust among members.

  31. In my experience, diversity in teams has indeed proven to be beneficial. I’ve seen firsthand how diverse teams bring a wealth of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better outcomes. There’s a clear correlation between diversity and performance, as highlighted by APM’s recognition of diverse teams outperforming homogenous ones.

    However, it’s essential to acknowledge the challenges that come with diversity. Communication barriers, differing work styles, and potential conflicts require effective management and a culture of inclusivity to navigate successfully. Despite these challenges, the benefits of diversity in driving superior performance and fostering a dynamic work environment are undeniable. What are your thoughts and experiences on this topic?

  32. Diverse teams tend to contribute more than homogeneous teams.
    They bring together thier irrespective wealth of knowledge and collaborate effectively to achieveing greater success.

  33. More diverse teams tend to perform better than homogeneous ones. This is because the team members have a wide range of knowledge and cognitive abilities. They are highly skilled and have different ideas which can produce better outcomes. They can work better because there is row social cohesion which reduces the risk of over-familiority among team members. In addition, they are more effective as they are made up of individuals from different cultural backgrounds and as such can help resolve issues in that regard.
    However, the challenges of working in highly diverse teams include:
    1. Communication barrier which can be caused by style of communication or language differences.
    2. Cultural differences.
    3. Discrimination
    4. Difficulty in building trust among members.

  34. Yes diverse teams a always very much productive than homogeneous teams. This is because in a diverse team you have varieties, people with different perspectives and views hence you have a diverse team and a good PM who is open and gives room to suggestion such a team will grow and always achieve their set goals.

    1. Communication Barriers
    2.Social and Cultural differencres
    3. Stereotyping and bias
    4.Power Dynamics
    5.Trust and Building of Rapport

    Yes teams with diversity produce superior works

  35. Majorly my experience in working with a team is homogenous, the complexity that comes with that is usually over-familiarity, which leads to some team member not taking up their roles seriously.
    Having a diverse team creates better work and brings a different viewpoint/perspective, however, there can be challenges like barriers in communication, cultural differences etc.

  36. Majority of my experience working in a team has been in homogenous situations and I will say it usually is filled with complications that arise a lot from familiarity and people tend to drop the ball or expect others to cover their duties for them.

    I would imagine that a diverse team will be people who are more organized and ready to put their experience and unique expertise to work in mutual respect to achieve the projects objectives.

  37. Based on what I have learned the aspect of managing project teams I anticipate that will cause pressure for project manager….is not willing to encouraging your Team or believing that they are self motivated no some time as a project manager take out time to talk to your team just like in our previous class take them out if possible but basically on the subject matter relating to the team…..
    Safeguarding my self and my team in running an event one thing one should look out to is
    You need to watch for and manage pressure and stress at the individual level.
    you should lead by example: working in a healthy and sustainable way, looking after your own physical and mental health, and sharing ideas and resources for wellbeing with the team and encouraging them to do the same.
    One is sure is you can’t safeguard your team if you as the project manager is not on a safer level

  38. Working on a diverse team always produce amazing results since everyone there has a unique knowledge to offer the project but there is always the problem of miscommunication and misunderstanding, this usually as a result of diverse cultures and individual differences.

  39. In my experience working with a diverse team members on a project yielded more results, because everyone brought their skill set on board, and that helped us in a great deal.

  40. Diversity in teams can indeed bring about a range of benefits and in my experience, I’ve seen that more diverse teams can indeed perform better in many ways, although it’s important to note that diversity alone isn’t a guarantee of success. Here are a few thoughts based on my experience:

    Relationship Between Diversity and Performance:
    One of the most significant benefits of diversity in teams is the diverse range of perspectives and ideas it brings. This can lead to more creative problem-solving and innovative solutions to challenges.

    Secondly, when teams are diverse, they are less likely to suffer from groupthink, where everyone shares similar backgrounds and ways of thinking. This can lead to better decision-making processes as different viewpoints are considered.

    Thirdly, diverse teams tend to be more adaptable and flexible in handling change and uncertainty. This adaptability can be a significant advantage in today’s fast-paced and dynamic business environment.

    Lastly, in global or multicultural settings, diverse teams can have a deeper understanding of different markets and customer segments, leading to more effective strategies for products/services.

    Challenges of Working in Highly Diverse Teams:
    While there are clear benefits, there are also challenges that can arise in highly diverse teams. In my experience, here are a few challenges we have experienced as a diverse team :

    Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, and cultural norms sometimes lead to misunderstandings or misinterpretations.

    Secondly, with diverse perspectives comes the potential for conflicts based on different values, beliefs, or approaches to work.

    Thirdly, ensuring that all team members feel included and valued can be a challenge, especially if there are power dynamics or unconscious biases at play.

    Lastly, building strong relationships and a sense of unity can take more effort in diverse teams, as individuals may have different backgrounds and experiences that shape their interactions.

    In my opinion, the success of diverse teams often depends on how effectively the challenges that arise are managed. Organizations that invest in diversity training, foster a culture of inclusivity, and provide resources for effective communication and conflict resolution tend to see the most benefits from diverse teams.

  41. Diverse team is actually very productive as it has its uniqueness such as collaboration of different skills and ideas which in turn can brings new innovation and inspiration. This is as a result of getting these features from different minds from diverse places in the world.
    As unique as diverse team can be, it has its complications such as Communication barrier, Complexity in managing team, conflict resolution, and different cultural beliefs.

  42. Actually, team diversity brings good performance through multiple ideas, problem solving, innovation and decision making.
    The challenges that may arise when working in a highly diverse teams are:
    1) Conflict
    2) Low commitment
    3) Low cohesion
    4) Boundaries and
    5) Competition

  43. Diversity enhances the richness of a team in terms of skill set bringing variety of perspectives, experiences, and skills, which can lead to enhanced creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

    Diverse teams benefit from a broader range of viewpoints, which can lead to more comprehensive analyses and better decision-making. By incorporating diverse rather than narrow perspectives, teams can identify blind spots, challenge assumptions, and arrive at more creative and effective solutions.
    Challenges of Highly Diverse Teams: While diversity can bring numerous benefits, working in highly diverse teams is not without challenges:

    a. Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, and cultural norms creates barrier for effective communication and collaboration. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations could arise leading to conflicts, inefficiencies and failure to achieve project goals.

    b. Conflict Management: Effective conflict resolution strategies are essential to address disagreements constructively, maintain focus and team cohesion.

    c. Bias and Stereotypes: Addressing bias and promoting awareness and inclusion are critical to creating a supportive and equitable team environment.

    d. Integration and Cohesion: Building trust and rapport in highly diverse teams may take more time and effort compared to homogenous teams.

    e. Managing Complexity: Highly diverse teams may face greater complexity in coordinating efforts, managing workflows, and aligning priorities.

    In summary, while diversity can enhance team performance and organizational success, it is essential to recognize and address the challenges that come with working in highly diverse teams. By promoting inclusivity, fostering effective communication, and leveraging the strengths of diverse perspectives, organizations can harness the full potential of diversity to drive innovation, creativity and productivity.

  44. To me, There is actually a great relationship between diversity and performance cause diverse team do a better and greater job than non diverse team.

  45. Quality should be focused on the customer’s needs.
    I absolutely agree. Quality, in essence, is meeting or exceeding customer expectations. If a product or service doesn’t align with what the customer values, it won’t be seen as high quality.

    Quality is focused internally.
    I partially disagree. While internal processes and standards contribute to quality, the ultimate measure of quality is how well it satisfies external stakeholders, especially customers.

    Quality should be considered from the beginning of the project.
    I completely agree. Building quality into the project from the start ensures that it’s not just a last-minute addition but an integral part of the project’s DNA.

    The execution phase of a project is the most critical to achieve quality targets.
    I partially agree. Execution is crucial, but quality planning, assurance, and control throughout the project lifecycle are equally important.

    Quality issues should be discussed openly to find corrective actions.
    I completely agree. Open discussion helps identify issues early, leading to timely corrective actions and continuous improvement.

    Quality problems should be hidden from customers and possibly also managers.
    I strongly disagree. Transparency about quality issues is essential for trust

  46. As a project manager collaborating with MTD, I would recommend both linear and iterative approach to MTD (an events company) for the following reasons:

    1. Client Satisfaction: With a well-organized and methodical approach, events are sure to be executed seamlessly, meeting client expectations. This enhances client satisfaction and can lead to repeat business and positive referrals.

    2. Structured Workflow: a linear approach provides a clear and structured workflow, allowing teams to follow a step-by-step process from initial planning to execution and evaluation. This reduces confusion and ensures tasks are completed in a logical order.

    3. Efficient Resource Allocation: By outlining tasks chronologically, it helps in allocating resources such as time, budget, and manpower more efficiently. This minimizes wastage and improves overall productivity.

    4. Timeline Management: A linear approach aids in creating and managing timelines effectively. It ensures deadlines are met, milestones are achieved, and dependencies between tasks are identified and addressed in a timely manner.

    5. A linear approach helps in identifying potential risks early in the planning stage, allowing teams to develop contingency plans and mitigate risks before they escalate and impact the event.

    6. Clear task sequencing enhances communication among team members, stakeholders, and vendors. Everyone understands their roles and responsibilities, leading to smoother collaboration and fewer misunderstandings.

    7. Following a linear approach promotes thoroughness and attention to detail at each stage of event planning. This leads to higher quality outcomes and enhances the overall success of the event.

    By leveraging a linear approach, events companies can streamline their operations, deliver high-quality events, and maintain a competitive edge in the industry.

  47. As much as diversity encourages inclusivity there are a number of factors that can affect, working ethics, communication, cultural differences, time zones and differing beliefs and opinions. It is duty of the Project Manager such things and get the team to the performing stage.

  48. Diverse teams bring a unique approach to project outcomes with everyone impact, it expands ideas and bring about collaborations to achieve a common goal within a given timeline.
    Working with a diverse team has proven to increase productivity at the workplace. This is due to the diversity in skills, knowledge, and expertise. This helps team members focus on their respective abilities, which has a relatively significant positive impact on team performance.
    However, the major challenge of working with a highly diverse team could be a language barrier. This may have impact in communication and where everyone has to be involved, to get a translator or interpreter delayed decision making which may extend the project completion timeframe.

  49. Osuji Mirian
    May 10,2024 at 4:04 pm

    To me, Diversity of team helps to have a wider knowledge of the project,it helps to produce a better work and makes one to see things from a different perspective and views.

  50. Let’s discuss these statements about quality:

    Quality Should Be Focused on the Customer’s Needs:
    Agree: Quality should align with what the customer values. Meeting their needs and expectations is essential for overall satisfaction.

    Quality Should Be Considered from the Beginning of the Project:
    Agree: Early planning and design impact quality. Addressing quality issues upfront prevents costly fixes later.

    The Execution Phase Is the Most Critical to Achieve Quality Targets:
    Partially Agree: Execution matters, but quality is influenced throughout the project lifecycle. Planning and monitoring are equally crucial.

    Quality is a shared responsibility, and continuous improvement drives success.

  51. Managing project teams and ensuring successful events:

    Key Insights for Project Managers:
    Effective communication, risk management, and stakeholder engagement are critical. Allocate resources wisely and foster a positive team culture.
    Contingency planning and learning from past events enhance preparedness.

    Anticipated Pressure Points and Safeguards: Time constraints, unforeseen issues, and high expectations can cause pressure.
    Delegate tasks, prioritize self-care, and maintain a supportive team environment.

    Successful events are a collaborative effort, and learning from each experience contributes to continuous improvement

  52. Challenges can arise when working in highly diverse teams:

    Communication: Different communication styles, cultural norms, and language barriers can hinder effective collaboration.

    Conflict: Diverse teams may experience more conflict due to differing opinions and perspectives. Managing this conflict constructively is essential.

    Inclusion: It’s not enough to have diverse team members; inclusion matters too. Ensuring that everyone feels valued and heard is critical for team success.

    Unconscious Bias: Even well-intentioned individuals may harbor unconscious biases. These biases can affect decision-making and interactions within the team.

    Stereotypes: Stereotypes can lead to assumptions about team members based on their backgrounds. Overcoming these stereotypes requires awareness and education.

    In summary, while diversity brings significant advantages, it also requires intentional efforts to create an inclusive and supportive environment. Organizations that embrace diversity and actively address its challenges are likely to reap the benefits in terms of performance and innovation.

  53. In a team where there is great diversity, external challenges from the environment are easily solved. The Volatile, Uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment helps to create awareness of the organization’s situation and develop suitable responses to the challenges been faced.
    The experience of the teams are positive because the see the effect of their work and get feedbacks.
    One major challenge is inconsistency as a result of internal or external driven adversity.

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  54. As a PM, working in the technical field, were high skills are required to perform great task within a given duration in a project, having a diverse team members becomes a very important aspect of your success as diverse team comes with multiple skills and experiences. So I will boldly say that diversity and performance becomes vital tool to succeed since team members are SME’s (subject matter experts).

  55. Initially diversify offer great advantages to a project. Diversified team produces different skills in it members. This offers ample of chooses to the problem solving of the project. Using VUCA approaches Were the project is face with ambiguity, Volatility, complexity and uncertainty. The team will need a heterogeneous team to counter the unforseen circumstances. But as say goes too many cooks spoil the soup.so, many ideas and skills can also result in time wasting counter unproductive.

  56. Diversity of team helps the team to bring in their opinion and skills on the project and also helps them see things in different ways

  57. Team diversity produces better results in most cases because the individuals can put together their different ideas and experiences to achieve a great outcome for the project. Although language might be a challenge in a diverse team

  58. In my experience, it is very useful to have diversity in projects. Diversity helps to have a more broader knowledge on the project in hand. It allows the team to have various ideas which can aid in their project performance.
    The challenges that can arise in working with highly diverse teams can be language barriers, disagreements of opinions which could lead to wastage of time in decision making etc.

  59. A team’s Diversity helps it produce superior work, especially in multicultural environments where the individuals’ different skills, language, and perspectives aid the team’s alignment to the project values and sharpen its delivery of expected outcomes. While some challenges may ensue like language and social differences, these can be propellants for even better work delivery especially where the PM is proactive in aligning the team to the project’s Purpose and Situation, these seemingly challenges help the individuals deliver the expected results for their sub-teams and overall team success.

  60. Diversity gives you an opportunity to see things from a different perspective, it enables the team to explore other possibilities.

    Diversity allows everyone to bring in their skills and opinion on the particular project.

  61. Before going through these lessons I’d have been unequivocal that the more homogeneous a group the better they’d perform. As I reflect on diversity and performance, I realize that as long as goals, vision and deliverables are clear; and each member knows exactly what to do, how to do it and his/her place in the larger scheme of things the project is very likely to produce expected outcomes.
    Highly diverse teams will more often than not be faced with challenges, which when anticipated and proactively handled will pose no serious threat to the continuity and sustainability of the project. Some of these challenges include losing focus, misunderstanding of individual and collective roles and inadequate supervision. When most of these are anticipated measure will be put in place to prevent and/or address them as the case may be.

  62. Diversity in team means seeing things from different perspectives. It allow team members to drop their own point of view. Diverse team work more effectively because they really do not know themselves, their knowledge and cognitive abilities differs.

  63. From the teaching, I discovered that diverse team is better and with a good teamwork, a great performance is achieved altogether

  64. yes, teams with great diversity come with high performance as well as high risks of conflict

  65. My experience suggests that diversity can be a strength for teams, but it’s not a guaranteed path to success. Effective leadership, clear communication practices, and a commitment to inclusion are all crucial for maximizing the potential of diverse teams.

  66. According to the video diverse team provides better team experience.

    From the teachings from this video, I believe that diverse teams are better.

    However, I lack real-life experience on working with diverse team.

  67. To my mind, a team that is diverse has an advantage over the homogeneous one. There is saying that too much familiarity brings contempt, people who knew each other tend to spend a better time gossiping and backbiting against those who seem not to be in their “click”. Also, they tend to use part of the official time to meet and discuss their issues.
    Diverse team on the other hand, tend to face their work and “mind their business”

  68. Diversity of a team has a positive and negative impact.

    1) diversity means different perception and view of a problem. It can result to a delay in decision making.

    2) Cultural difference can step in. Difference in communication techniques might hider proper communication flow amongst the teams. As a PM you need to maintain a neutral ground and find a way to communicate and bring your team to a neutral ground for effective communication.

    3) Different perspective,ideas, and experiences from the different team members can help in generating different solutions to problems and promotes innovative thinking. It might cause a little delay in coming to a conclusion but there will be lots of ideas to choose from.

  69. There is a big connection between diversity and performance especially for really complex projects, with a diverse team there is large pool of knowledge, talent and skills to draw from, so there will be very capable individuals to handle intense and difficult situations and produce superb work.
    Also a big con to highly diverse teams could be lack of effective communication, as team members might not really know each other and the best way to communicate.There also could be lot of opinionated team members as everyone has diverse skills and talent. But this can be managed by a good and effective project manager, by basically carrying everyone along.

  70. Team that are diversified in nature has the high probability of doing great or achieving their goals. They are different because they really do not know themselves, their knowledge and cognitive abilities differs. This diversity would bring respect among team members because they are all willingly to learn and put in their effort. Therefore, there is no supremacy in the team.
    However, there are also challenges when working in highly diverse team. Challenges like cultural differences, pre-existing inequality, slower decision making, difference in communication. All these can really be challenging but if as a project manager you can stay neutral and bond the team together, the challenges can be solved.

  71. A diverse team means diversity of opinions, experiences and beliefs. These can sometimes hinder a project because everyone wants it done their own way. However, in some cases also these helps in the actualization of the project because through diverse opinions, the team can find the missing link which will help in the actualization of the project

  72. Basically a diversified team is beneficial, as they bring into okay different perspectives to a project; when it comes to brainstorming and which is basically one way to ensure project success and effectiveness

  73. Diversity in project teams is beneficial for several reasons:

    1. Different Perspectives: Team members from diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives, ideas, and experiences to the table. This variety helps in generating creative solutions to problems and promotes innovative thinking.

    2. Broader Knowledge Base: Diversity in teams often translates to a broader knowledge base. Team members can draw on their respective areas of expertise, which can be crucial for addressing complex project requirements.

    3. Improved Decision Making: Multiple viewpoints foster thorough discussions and deliberations. This process leads to more informed decision-making as various perspectives are considered, potentially avoiding blind spots or biases.

    One problem that could arise from being in a diverse team is that of cultural differences and clashes of values. This could lead to a lot of hazards within the team if not handled wisely by the project manager.

  74. As a PM, I believe that there is a relationship between diversity and performance in carrying out a project. This gives room for different approach of ideas, which can lead to creativity and innovation. With this also the norm of always doing things can be changed looking from other perspective and ideas. The challenges I see is different cultures and different ways of going about the project, which the PM can look at and see the best approach in which to carry out the project that benefits all.

  75. Working with a diverse team is a good ideas in terms of communication and ideas but sometimes it brings conflict due to culture and idea but the main thing is working together as a team and building a great project

  76. So, for me, i think diverse teams tend to do better work. When a team has people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, they bring unique ideas and solutions to the table. Leveling it down to our major tribes and backgrounds here.
    Having people from different tribes, background and cultures can lead to more creativity and innovation. However, working in a highly diverse team can also have challenges. Sometimes, communication can be an issue because people might have different ways of expressing themselves or understanding things. Also, there can be misunderstandings or conflicts due to cultural differences. But overall, the advantages of diversity to a project success usually outweighs the disadvantages.

  77. Project execution with diversity of Team gives room for different perspectives of ideas thus build the commitment into the project. Though when ideas is open ended it can slow down the execution timeline.

  78. Working in a diversifying team give an oppurnity for learning but yet comes with challanges that as a project manager factors like different cultural difference, different problem solving orientation but thus makes the manager considers the most appropriate approach and consider the success of the goal as motivation in overcoming those challenges.

  79. Experience had shown that there is relationship between diversity and performance. More diverse teams tend to perform well more than homogeneous teams due to access to wider range of skills and expertise, broader perspectives and ideas, better problem solving and decision making, increased creativity and innovation which help to achieve exceptional performance and success.

    Challenges of working in highly diverse teams:
    1. Communication barriers and language differences.
    2. Cultural and social differences leading to misunderstanding.
    3. Potential for bias and discrimination.
    4. Difficulty in building trust and cohesion.

  80. There is a positive relationship between diversity and performance in teams. Diverse teams tend to produce better work because they bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table. This diversity can lead to more creative problem-solving, innovation, and better decision-making.

    However, working in highly diverse teams also presents challenges. Communication can be more complex due to differences in language, cultural norms, and communication styles. Misunderstandings may arise, leading to conflicts or inefficiencies. Additionally, building trust and cohesion among team members from diverse backgrounds can take more time and effort.

    To overcome these challenges, it is important for team-members to foster open communication, respect each other’s perspectives, and actively seek to understand cultural differences. Providing training on cultural competence and creating a supportive and inclusive work environment can also help maximize the benefits of diversity while mitigating its challenges.

  81. As I’ve learnt in this course that project is not to be carried out by an individual but a team members. So working with different people will help to brainstorm and it will yield a good result for the project goal.

    Researchers have shown that teams that perform beat in complex and challenging environment tend to have
    Low social cohesion
    High levels of social or identity diversity
    High level of cognitive diversity

    By this, different individual will bring up their ideas, opinions about the execution of project which will help achieve the project goals.

  82. Working in a diversified team is also a good way of bringing people together.

    So it is a good experience to mingle with people from another part of the world because it creates new ways of learning new things and mingling with new people.

    Learning new things brings more growth.
    That’s one of the reasons why working in a diversified environment brings success to the teams.

    And yes, there’s a big connection between diversity and performance.

    Bringing people together from different places for a project, with the necessary things being put in place by the manager, produces a good outcome.

    So, teams with great diversity also produce good projects and superior work.

    In as much as working in a diversified team is a great idea, too. There are also challenges team members face, like misunderstandings and a lack of coming together to interact and finding it difficult to agree with each other on a way forward over any issue that arises in the team.

    But with time, they will all adapt to the reality that for their project to be a successful one, they all have to put their differences aside, come together, and do their best to achieve their team goals.

  83. Considering my thoughts and research about diverse team, they do outperform homogeneous team. Reason been that homogenous group are members who have known each other. Although, we can say they might flow well because of the concept or idea of understanding the pattern of their works however it can be disastrous when familiarity comes in which limits the goal of the project. Diverse teams get to focus on the goal since the project is for a short period of time after which they either socialize or go their separate ways. But diverse teams are more focused on accomplishing the project which will result in the team understanding one another better unlike familiarisation in homogenous team.

    I will conclude, both type of team have their disadvantages. However, a PM must focus on what will get the goal achieved within the time frame.

  84. As a Realtor, I experienced the benefits of diverse teams firsthand. When working with a homogeneous team, we struggled to sell a property in a diverse neighborhood. But when we added team members from different cultural backgrounds, we gained new perspectives and insights, leading to a successful sale. The diverse team helped us better understand the needs of the community and tailor our marketing strategy accordingly. This experience showed me that diverse teams can indeed do better work than homogeneous ones.

    Challenges of working in highly diverse teams:

    1. Communication barriers: Team members may speak different languages or have different communication styles, leading to misunderstandings and confusion.
    2. Cultural differences: Different cultural backgrounds can lead to varying work ethics, values, and expectations, causing conflicts and challenges in collaboration.
    3. Conflict and bias: Diverse teams can also experience conflicts and biases based on cultural, racial, or gender differences, which can hinder teamwork and productivity if not addressed.

  85. Diverse team often outperform homogenous ones for several reasons. one of the reasons being that there is a deadline and a goal to achieve. I worked with a team in Data Analytics class, and we had a date to clean and transform. we were six, 2 dropped. We have never seen one another before. The remaining four of us divided the tasks among ourselves and we completed the project at the record time and presented. I have had a lot of challenges working with homogenous team severally. I had a road expansion with a group of engineers and surveyors. The project lingered because even the time to launch was not there

  86. Diverse teams often outperform homogeneous ones for several reasons:

    Varied Perspectives: Diverse teams bring together individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. This diversity of perspectives allows for more comprehensive problem-solving and innovative thinking. Different viewpoints can lead to more creative solutions as team members challenge each other’s assumptions and offer unique insights.

    Enhanced Creativity: When team members approach problems from different angles, they can generate a wider range of ideas. This diversity in thought can lead to more creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

    Improved Decision Making: Diverse teams tend to make better decisions because they consider a broader range of factors and viewpoints. This helps to mitigate biases and groupthink, leading to more thorough and effective decision-making processes.

    Better Adaptability: In today’s rapidly changing world, adaptability is crucial for success. Diverse teams are often better equipped to adapt to new challenges and changes in the business environment because they can draw on a wider range of perspectives and skills.
    Increased Employee Engagement and Satisfaction: When employees feel that their unique backgrounds and perspectives are valued, they are more likely to be engaged and satisfied in their work. This can lead to higher levels of productivity, creativity, and overall team performance.

    Broader Talent Pool: By embracing diversity, teams have access to a broader talent pool. This allows them to attract and retain top talent from different backgrounds, which can give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    Yes, there is indeed a connection between diversity and performance in teams. Research in organizational psychology and management consistently shows that teams with greater diversity tend to produce superior work compared to homogeneous teams. However, this connection is not guaranteed and depends on various factors such as how diversity is managed and leveraged within the team.

    Here’s how diversity can contribute to superior team performance:

    Innovation and Creativity: Diverse teams bring together individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. This diversity of thought fosters creativity and innovation as team members approach problems from various angles, leading to novel solutions and approaches.
    Better Decision Making: When teams include members with diverse viewpoints and expertise, they are more likely to consider a broader range of options and perspectives when making decisions. This can result in better-quality decisions that take into account various factors and potential outcomes.
    Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diverse teams can tackle complex problems more effectively by drawing on the collective knowledge and skills of their members. Different perspectives and approaches allow the team to consider a wider range of solutions and identify the most suitable ones.
    Increased Adaptability: In today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, adaptability is crucial for success. Diverse teams are often better equipped to adapt to change and navigate uncertain situations due to their varied experiences and perspectives.
    However, working in highly diverse teams also presents challenges that can impact performance:

    Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, and cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and communication barriers within diverse teams. This can hinder effective collaboration and decision making if not addressed appropriately.
    Conflict and Tension: Diversity can sometimes lead to interpersonal conflicts or tensions within the team, particularly if there are differences in values, beliefs, or work styles. Managing and resolving these conflicts constructively is essential to maintain team cohesion and productivity.
    Implicit Bias and Stereotypes: Even in diverse teams, individuals may hold unconscious biases or stereotypes that influence their perceptions and interactions with others. Addressing these biases and promoting awareness and inclusion is necessary to create a positive and equitable team environment.
    Integration and Cohesion: Building trust and cohesion within highly diverse teams may take time and effort, as individuals from different backgrounds may initially struggle to relate to one another or find common ground. Facilitating team-building activities and fostering a sense of belonging can help overcome these challenges.
    in conclusion, while diversity can contribute to superior team performance, it is essential to recognize and address the challenges that arise in diverse team settings to maximize the benefits of diversity. Effective communication, conflict resolution, and fostering a culture of inclusion are critical for leveraging diversity as a strength in teams.

  87. In my interactions with users from diverse backgrounds, I observe that diversity in teams often leads to a richer exchange of ideas and perspectives. When people from various backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints collaborate, they bring unique insights to the table, allowing for more innovative and comprehensive solutions to problems. Teams that embrace diversity tend to foster a more inclusive and respectful environment, where individuals can express their thoughts freely and learn from one another. Such an atmosphere can enhance creativity, decision-making, and overall team performance. However, effective communication and understanding are key to harnessing the benefits of diversity and ensuring that all voices are heard and valued.

  88. Communication is said to be very active when in a diverse team because these are people with different cultures and backgrounds who are likely to bring different experience and protective to the project and teams.
    It also gives them access to new ideas .

  89. Diverse teams in civil engineering construction often outperform more homogeneous groups due to their wide array of ideas, experiences, and problem-solving techniques, which can significantly enhance decision-making processes and drive innovation. The variety of perspectives in a diverse team can lead to more robust solutions, particularly important in a field like civil engineering where innovative, sustainable solutions are critical to success.

    However, to fully capitalize on the benefits of diversity, it is essential to manage these teams effectively. This requires not only recognizing but actively fostering an inclusive environment where every team member feels valued and integral to the project’s success.

    Without careful management, the potential benefits of diversity can be undermined by challenges such as communication barriers, which may arise from differences in language or cultural norms. Additionally, diverse viewpoints, while beneficial, can also lead to conflicts if not managed with a conscious effort towards inclusivity and mutual respect.

    Effective leadership in diverse teams should also focus on actively combating biases and discrimination. It is crucial for leaders to create strategies that promote understanding and respect among team members, such as diversity training and clear, open communication channels.

  90. Value is created from difference and diverse teams can bring about higher performance. This is because project professionals and team members from diverse and different backgrounds and cultures are likely to have different experiences and perspectives they can bring to the team and project.

    Challenges of diverse team are: Communication barriers, cultural difference, slow decision making, team bias

  91. Insights based on research and industry knowledge.

    Research indicates that diversity in teams can indeed lead to improved performance and better outcomes. Diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and ideas, which can enhance problem-solving, innovation, and decision-making processes. Different backgrounds and viewpoints can challenge assumptions, encourage critical thinking, and foster creativity within the team.

    Studies have shown that diverse teams are often more effective in adapting to change, identifying opportunities, and addressing complex problems. They can offer a broader range of solutions and strategies by drawing from a diverse pool of knowledge, skills, and experiences.

    However, it is essential to acknowledge that working in highly diverse teams can also bring its challenges. Some of the common challenges include:

    1. Communication and Language: Language barriers and differences in communication styles can sometimes hinder effective collaboration and understanding among team members.

    2. Cultural Differences: Diverse teams may have varying cultural norms, values, and work practices, which can lead to misunderstandings or conflicts if not properly managed. Building cultural competence and fostering inclusive work environments can help overcome these challenges.

    3. Bias and Stereotypes: Unconscious bias and stereotyping can impact decision-making processes and hinder the full potential of diverse team members. It requires awareness and ongoing efforts to mitigate bias and create an inclusive team culture.

    4. Conflict Resolution: Diverse teams may experience more conflicts due to different perspectives and opinions. Effective conflict resolution strategies, open communication channels, and respectful dialogue are essential to resolving conflicts constructively.

    To fully leverage the potential benefits of diversity, organizations and teams need to proactively foster inclusive environments where all team members feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives. Additionally, ongoing training, awareness programs, and inclusive leadership practices can help address the challenges and maximize the performance of diverse teams.

  92. Working in my unit with the same people always produced less than optimal results due to attitudinal issues and the like. But working with people from diverse units taught me a whole lot more, we accomplished far more goals in the shortest possible time and there wasn’t an unhealthy competitive spirit just pure joy and team work. This fully complies with the work done by researchers.

  93. Diverse teams tend to work better in achieving a goal. In a diverse team, different ideas are heard, which makes it easier to discover the best method or best way they can go about completing a project. Although there might be dissagreements initially, because everyone wants their idea to be accepted, but with the help of mutual understanding, it shouldn’t be a problem. Involving team members in decision making and also making use of some of their ideas for the project will make them participate in the project more, which will hasten the completion of the project

  94. Yes there is connection , as different skills put together in different ways improves performance.
    But the challenge s every one will like its opinion to be heard first as every one will like to be a boss and misunderstandings will crumble the team.

  95. There’s a connection between diversity and connection, as research indicated that diversity can positively impact team performance and efficiency. The more diverse the team the wider range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and innovation.

    Some chaencounterd working in highly diverse teams can include communication barriers, misunderstandings due to cultural differences, conflicting viewpoints, and difficulties in building trust and cohesion. Managing diversity effectively requires strong leadership, open communication, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment to inclusivity. Addressing these challenges can lead to harnessing the benefits of diversity while mitigating its potential drawback

  96. Because they can provide a wider range of perspectives, improve decision-making processes, and encourage innovation through a variety of methods to problem-solving, more diverse teams typically perform better in project management. To fully realise these advantages and make sure that every team member feels appreciated and invested in the project’s success, however, competent diversity management is essential.

  97. Ok so since last year I’ve been working with a team of people I’ve never met from different works of life, it’s had its ups and down but I recall at the onset we all did great work but as we become more familiar, the energy reduced. After a peep talk it will come back up but then again, it’s all volunteering work.
    Recently I formed a team to prepare for a soon coming election, didn’t know most of them and so far we have been doing great.
    So I guess research is correct.

  98. Diversity in an organization gives it access to new ideas from individuals with various perspectives on problem-solving and thinking styles. This gives the business the advantage of receiving fresh, innovative ideas, which frequently improves performance because it allows for the use of ideas from a variety of perspectives on problem-solving and thinking styles.

  99. More diverse teams tend to perform better in project management due to their ability to offer a broader range of perspectives, enhance decision-making processes, and foster innovation through varied approaches to problem-solving. However, effective management of diversity is critical to harness these benefits and ensure all team members feel valued and included in the project’s success.

    Some of the challenges of working in highly diverse teams in project management include potential communication barriers stemming from cultural or language differences, the risk of conflicts arising from divergent viewpoints, and the need for inclusivity, overcoming potential biases or discrimination.

  100. From my experience, a diverse team with low social cohesion had performed better and delivered excellently on a project than a relatively more homogenous team that know each other well.

  101. Diverse teams actually work better from my experience because every member of the team wants to be their best as professionals

  102. Diversity brings about different ideas and perspectives to projects. I am working in a team with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I can attest that the more diverse the group the more support you can get .

  103. Individual diversity in an Organisation enables the organiation to get new ideas from different individuals with different ways of thinking and handling issues which give the company the privilege of getting new positive ideas, this often helps companies perform better because they are tapping ideas from diverse ways of thinking and handling issues

  104. Yes, based on research and observation, diversity in teams often correlates with better performance. Diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives, skills, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better decision-making. However, the effectiveness of diverse teams also depends on how well they manage the challenges that come with diversity, such as communication barriers, unconscious bias, and differing work styles. Overcoming these challenges requires strong leadership, open communication, and a culture of inclusivity.

  105. Diversity brings out the best in a team as everyone works to produce result devoid of familiarity, socialising etc

  106. Yes, in my own experience, diversity can positively impact team performance. Diverse teams often bring a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better decision-making. However, managing highly diverse teams can present challenges such as communication barriers, differing work styles, and potential conflicts arising from cultural differences or misunderstandings. Effective leadership and fostering a culture of inclusion are essential for maximizing the benefits of diversity while mitigating its challenges.

  107. Diversity in any form would definitely help to bring a more rounded team together in achieving a set out goal.
    Better opinions, and ultimately abetter problem solving method.
    Variety they say is the spice of life.
    There’s nothing with advantages that has no disadvantages.
    So inasmuch as diversity has it many greens, it also has its reds.
    But the ability of the team to foster together and withstand any problem to forge ahead and achieve the goal of the team is what matters most.

  108. My experience has been worthwhile working with diverse teams in the past and currently, a team with diversity tends to produce better output than homogenous teams.

    However, this also depends on the project manager.
    A team with diversity is focused on the tasks ahead and deliverables and there is no room for familiarity and time wasting with socialising. This makes the team deliver better especially if the project manager knows how to harness the diverse skills, knowledge and personalities of the team members.

    Diversity in a project team also helps to l keep the team focused on the project’s goal. There is mutual respect among team members as there is little or no knowledge about each member’s personality and ability which gives room for collaboration among team members.

    In homogeneous teams, the differences and disagreements tend to stem from preconceived knowledge about individuals or past interactions which can slow down the pace of the work as unnecessary distractions may arise due to familiarity and biasness.

    From my experience, diversity and team performance collaborate perfectly well. Having and bringing in different work exposures and experiences can be utilized unanimously for greater growth and a successful project outcomes.

  109. Diversity in a project team helps keep the team focused on the project’s goal. There is mutual respect among team members as there is little or no knowledge about each member’s personality and ability giving room for collaboration among team members.
    Differences and disagreements tend to stem from preconceived knowledge about individuals or past interactions which can slow down the pace of the work as unnecessary distractions may arise due to familiarity

    1. Diversity and team performance collaborates perfectly well. It brings in different work exposures and experiences which can be utilized harmoniously for greater growth and positive results at the end of a successful project

  110. Due to varying cultural experiences and work habits, working with a diverse team can be a little difficult. The work will initially move more slowly until they are able to comprehend each other and reach to a consensus on a certain answer to an issue; nevertheless, once they do, the project will have a distinctive and superior finish.

  111. Personally I think there’s a connection between diversity and connection, there is research indicating that diversity can positively impact team performance. More diverse teams often bring a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and innovation. However, the relationship between diversity and performance is not always straightforward and can depend on various factors such as the type of diversity (e.g., demographic, cognitive), team dynamics, and organizational culture.

    Challenges of working in highly diverse teams can include communication barriers, misunderstandings due to cultural differences, conflicting viewpoints, and difficulties in building trust and cohesion. Managing diversity effectively requires strong leadership, open communication, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment to inclusivity. Addressing these challenges can lead to harnessing the benefits of diversity while mitigating its potential drawbacks.

  112. Yes, there is a positive relationship between diversity and performance in project management. Diverse teams can contribute to improved performance through enhanced problem-solving, decision-making, communication, flexibility, stakeholder engagement, innovation, and creativity. However, effective management of diversity is essential to leverage its benefits fully.

    More diverse teams tend to perform better in project management due to their ability to offer a broader range of perspectives, enhance decision-making processes, and foster innovation through varied approaches to problem-solving. However, effective management of diversity is critical to harness these benefits and ensure all team members feel valued and included in the project’s success.

    Some of the challenges of working in highly diverse teams in project management include potential communication barriers stemming from cultural or language differences, the risk of conflicts arising from divergent viewpoints, and the need for inclusivity, overcoming potential biases or discrimination.

  113. Speaking from my experience of working with diverse teams, a team with diversity tends to produce better output than homogenous teams however this also depends on who leads the reams.
    A team with diversity is focused on the tasks ahead and delivering of them, there is no room for familiarity and time wasting with socialising. this makes the ream deliver better especially if the project manager knows how to harness the diverse skills, knowledge and personalities of the team members.

  114. From my experience, Diversity and team performance collaborate perfectly well. Having and bringing in different work exposures and experiences can be utilized unanimously for greater growth and positive results.

  115. Having a diverse team helps in tailoring the roles better. The technically gifted take up the roles suited to them, the thinkers go to their corners, the bonders serve as the glue in the cohesion of the team and in all, the work becomes more productive. Different people have different viewpoints which can help the project manager see things in different lights amidst the realities of the situation. Their individual experiences and orientation helps in creating a unique solution to any challenge being faced.
    Though some internal challenges may arise such as language barrier, cultural, different viewpoints, complexes, etc, it behoves on the project manager to create an enabling environment for the teams to correlate and perform within the time frame they are given.

  116. Research consistently shows that more diverse teams tend to perform better than homogenous ones. This is often attributed to the fact that diverse teams bring a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better decision-making.
    However, it’s important to note that while diversity can enhance performance, it also presents challenges. Some common challenges of working in highly diverse teams include communication barriers due to language or cultural differences, potential conflicts arising from differing viewpoints or values, and difficulties in building trust and cohesion among team members. Additionally, managing diverse teams effectively requires strong leadership skills and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful work environment where all team members feel valued and heard.

    1. Having a diverse team helps in generating ideas that are unique, more creativity is experienced and there is room for innovation and broader perspectives, in a diverse team some of the challenges that arise from over familiarity are avoided and there is more input towards achieving goals of the project due to a the high-level of focus on project goals by the team.

      Some of the challenges of a diverse team however include;

      1. Language barrier leading to more difficulties in communication.
      Though this can be tackled through skilled leadership and use of communication tools, resources and leveraging on advanced technology.

      2. Cultural diversity leading to misunderstanding and misconceptions , this however can be tackled through promotion of cultural understanding within the team.

      A diverse team however has more advantages in my opinion and builds resilience, understanding, expands knowledge and develops teams to coexist and better operate in a complex project or international level of impact leading to improved skills and delivery.

  117. On one of my projects, I work with a global remote team and I strongly believe that diversity is one of the things that help us achieve our goals. Although leading such a team may be challenging at first, I have also learnt a lot. Here are some of them:

    – Broader Perspectives: Diversity brings together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This diversity of thought enables us to consider a wider range of ideas, approaches, and solutions, leading to more innovative and creative outcomes which is important on a global issue such as climate change which our job is hinged on.

    – Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diverse teams are better equipped to tackle complex problems and challenges by drawing on a variety of skills, knowledge, and expertise. This diversity of skills and perspectives allows teams to approach problems from multiple angles and develop more robust and effective solutions. What I don’t know, someone else with more experience in that aspect will know – I so much love cross-functional teams!

    – Increased Adaptability: In today’s rapidly changing world, adaptability is key to success. Our diverse team is more adaptable and resilient in the face of change because we are accustomed to navigating different perspectives and adapting to different environments.

    – Better Decision-Making: Diversity fosters more thorough and comprehensive decision-making processes by encouraging constructive debate, critical thinking, and consideration of alternative viewpoints. This leads to more well-rounded decisions that take into account a broader range of factors and potential consequences. Imagine, I learnt that although Mexico is demographically in North America, it is mapped to Latin America and the Carribean at the UN. This helped us situate it correctly in the online course we are developing.

    As much as diverse teams offer numerous benefits, they also face challenges that can impact performance. Some of these challenges include:

    – Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, and cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication within diverse teams. Effective communication strategies, such as active listening, clear articulation of ideas, and cultural sensitivity, are essential for overcoming these barriers.

    – Conflict and Tension: Diverse teams may experience higher levels of conflict and tension due to differences in opinions, values, and perspectives. Managing and resolving conflicts constructively is critical for maintaining team cohesion and productivity.

    – Bias and Stereotypes: Unconscious bias and stereotypes can undermine the contributions of certain team members and create barriers to collaboration and inclusion. Promoting awareness of bias, enabling a culture of respect and inclusion, and implementing equitable practices are essential for mitigating these challenges.

    – Cultural Differences: This is the most important one for me. Cultural differences in attitudes, norms, and work styles can impact team dynamics and collaboration. If the project manager is not careful, it can be the cause of friction, especially at the Storming stage. I had to quickly learn a lot of things around communication and work ethics in other regions outside Africa to be able to move my team forward. Building cultural competence, promoting cross-cultural understanding, and promoting a sense of belonging for all team members are important for creating an inclusive and supportive team environment.

  118. Certainly, diversity and performance are inseparable as a team with diverse individuals is more likely to maintain focus on and prioritise project goals leaving no room for sentiments than a team with familiar individuals. With the range of knowledge and cognitive abilities of each member, they are able to address the various challenges that may appear in the course of the project. Regardless, within a highly diversified team, personal differences may initially cause the team to storm but with the team lead’s ability to acknowledge the individual and group’s effort and effectively manage the team they are able to work productively without any external output.

  119. Yes Diversity in any form would definitely help to bring a more rounded team together in achieving a set out goal. Better opinions, and ultimately abetter problem solving method.
    Variety they say is the spice of life.
    There’s nothing with advantages that has no disadvantages.
    So inasmuch as diversity has it many greens, it also has its reds.
    But the ability of the team to foster together and withstand any problem to forge ahead and achieve the goal of the team is what matters most.

  120. To me, a diverse team can be more focused, productive and priorities their work more than team members who are familiar with each other.
    Familiarity can be seen as a disadvantage because it could lead to disagreement, unseriouness and and unproductive as team members are close to each other

  121. Yes there’s definitely a connection between diversity and performance.
    A diverse team tends to be focused on the agenda because there’s no sentiments and familiarity.
    But team members who know each other might get biased at some point while trying to achieve a project.

  122. To tackle these hurdles and capitalize on the advantages of diversity, teams must prioritize open communication, mutual respect, and an inclusive culture. This could entail integrating diversity training, setting up transparent communication guidelines, encouraging empathy and attentive listening, and proactively confronting biases and stereotypes. Furthermore, adept leadership and adept team management are indispensable for nurturing an environment where every team member feels valued, involved, and empowered to share their distinct viewpoints and skills.

  123. Diversity in teams
    The potential benefits of diversity in teams and organizations are well-documented in research. Diversity, whether in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, skills, or perspectives, can bring a range of advantages to a team:
    1. Increased creativity and innovation: Diverse teams often have a wider range of perspectives and ideas, leading to more creative solutions and innovative approaches to problem-solving.
    2. Better decision-making: When diverse viewpoints are considered, teams are more likely to make well-rounded decisions by taking into account a variety of factors and potential outcomes.
    3. Improved problem-solving: Different experiences and expertise within a diverse team can lead to a more thorough and effective analysis of complex issues, leading to better solutions.
    4. Enhanced learning and growth: Interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds can foster a culture of continuous learning, personal growth, and professional development within the team.
    Research also suggests that diverse teams tend to perform better than homogenous ones. However, it’s important to note that simply having diversity in a team does not automatically guarantee better performance. The effectiveness of diverse teams depends on how well they manage and leverage their diversity.
    Challenges of Working in Highly Diverse Teams:
    1. Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, or cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings or barriers to effective communication.
    2. Conflict resolution: Diverse teams may experience more conflicts due to varying perspectives, values, or priorities. Effective conflict resolution strategies are essential to address these challenges constructively.
    3. Bias and stereotypes: Unconscious biases or stereotypes can affect interactions and decision-making within diverse teams if not actively addressed and mitigated.
    4. Inclusivity: Ensuring that all team members feel valued, included, and heard is crucial in diverse teams. Creating an inclusive environment where everyone’s contributions are respected and appreciated is a continuous effort.
    In my analysis of high-performing teams, I’ve observed that successful teams often embrace diversity and proactively manage the challenges that come with it. They foster an inclusive culture, encourage open communication, promote empathy and understanding, and leverage diversity as a strength rather than a barrier.
    Ultimately, while diversity can contribute significantly to team performance and organizational success, it requires thoughtful leadership, effective communication, and a commitment to inclusivity and equity to realize its full potential.

  124. In my experience, there is indeed a relationship between diversity and performance within teams. More diverse teams have the potential to do better work due to the various perspectives, skills, and experiences that individuals from different backgrounds bring to the table.

    Here are a few reasons why diverse teams tend to perform better:

    1. Enhanced creativity and innovation: Diversity fosters a broader range of ideas and approaches, as individuals with different backgrounds and life experiences offer unique insights and perspectives. This diversity of thought can lead to more creative problem-solving and innovative solutions.

    2. Improved decision-making: When teams consist of members with diverse viewpoints, they are more likely to engage in constructive debate and consider multiple perspectives before making decisions. This helps to reduce biases and groupthink, leading to better-informed and more effective decision-making.

    3. Increased adaptability and resilience: Diverse teams often exhibit a greater ability to adapt to changing circumstances and navigate complex challenges. Different individuals bring a range of skills, knowledge, and experiences that collectively contribute to a team’s agility and resilience in the face of uncertainty.

    However, working in highly diverse teams can also come with its fair share of challenges. Some of the main hurdles include:

    1. Communication barriers: Diverse teams may experience communication difficulties due to language barriers, varying communication styles, or different cultural norms. These challenges can hinder effective collaboration and understanding among team members.

    2. Conflict and misunderstandings: Differences in backgrounds, values, and opinions can potentially lead to conflicts or misunderstandings within highly diverse teams. This requires proactive efforts to foster an inclusive and respectful environment, promoting open dialogue and understanding to mitigate such issues.

    3. Underutilization of diversity: While diversity brings immense potential, it needs to be managed effectively to fully leverage its benefits. Organizations must ensure that diverse voices are not only included but also valued and actively engaged in decision-making processes. Failure to do so can result in certain perspectives being marginalized or overlooked, limiting a team’s ability to tap into the full power of its diversity.

    To overcome these challenges, organizations and team leaders can implement the following strategies:

    1. Promoting cultural competence: Provide training and education to enhance cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, enabling team members to navigate potential challenges and appreciate diverse perspectives.

    2. Encouraging open dialogue: Create a safe and inclusive space where team members feel comfortable voicing their opinions, concerns, and ideas. Encourage active listening and respectful communication to foster understanding and collaboration.

    3. Establishing clear goals and a shared purpose: Clearly communicate team objectives and ensure all members understand the common purpose. This helps focus efforts towards shared goals and minimizes conflicts arising from misunderstanding or misalignment.

    4. Building diverse leadership: Diverse teams benefit from inclusive leadership that values and encourages diverse perspectives. This includes leaders who actively seek and promote inclusion, foster trust, and create opportunities for all team members to contribute and grow.

    In conclusion, diverse teams have the potential to outperform homogeneous teams due to increased creativity, better decision-making, and adaptability. However, success in highly diverse teams requires addressing challenges such as communication barriers, potential conflicts, and ensuring the full utilization of diverse perspectives. By fostering an inclusive and supportive team culture, organizations can leverage diversity to drive better performance and achieve their goals.

  125. Yes, there’s a connection between diversity and performance and Teams form in diversity tends to perform better than those who have a social cohesion. Sometime it’s contingent on the particular task at hand with will determine if the project manager should proceed with team members who’re yet to bond or improvise a means of getting getting members who can accommodate each by virtue of their familiarity.
    For swift and limited time project, working with members who’re yet to bond is preferable as they will focus more on the tasks and how to deliver than to achieve the team goal than thinking of favorable events that will please their personal interests as colleagues.
    My Opinion!

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    Jeremiah Godknows

  126. There is a relationship between diversity and performance.
    I believe more diverse team member will do better.
    Over familiarity can occur between team members who knows each other so well during a project work which most times will slow down the project.

    Also, it is important to note that the diversity should not be too much such that it will also affect the project. For example bringing people of different values to a project can also slow down a project especially if the project need some values and skills from this people.

    Diversity in ethnic groups is actually no big deal but when it comes to someone societal Values and skills, if these are not aligned with the team members, it might become so overwhelming and disagreement can set in which might slow down the project.

  127. The short answer is YES!
    There is a relationship between diversity and performance, and more diverse teams can indeed do better work. However, it’s important to note that there are also challenges associated with working in highly diverse teams.
    Research has shown that diverse teams tend to be more innovative and creative than homogenous teams. This is likely due to the fact that diverse teams have a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to draw from. However, diversity can also lead to challenges in communication and conflict resolution, as members of diverse teams may have different cultural backgrounds, communication styles, and ways of working, which can lead to misunderstandings and conflict. However, if these challenges can be overcome, the benefit of working in a diverse team can be significant. Some strategies for effectively managing diverse teams include establishing clear goals and expectations, creating a safe space for open communication, and encouraging team members to share their unique perspectives.

    So, in summary, while diverse teams can face challenges, the benefits of working in a diverse team can outweigh the costs if the team is managed effectively.

  128. Is there a relationship between diversity and performance?
    Yes, there is a positive relationship between diversity and performance in project management. Diverse teams can contribute to improved performance through enhanced problem-solving, decision-making, communication, flexibility, stakeholder engagement, innovation, and creativity. However, effective management of diversity is essential to leverage its benefits fully.

    Do more diverse teams do better work during project management?
    Yes, more diverse teams tend to perform better in project management due to their ability to offer a broader range of perspectives, enhance decision-making processes, and foster innovation through varied approaches to problem-solving. However, effective management of diversity is critical to harness these benefits and ensure all team members feel valued and included in the project’s success.

    what are the challenges of working in highly diverse teams?
    Some challenges of working in highly diverse teams in project management include potential communication barriers stemming from cultural or language differences, the risk of misunderstandings or conflicts arising from divergent viewpoints, and the need for effective leadership to ensure that all team members feel included and valued, overcoming potential biases or discrimination.

  129. From my experience working on marketing projects, a diverse team is actually more effective and productive given that different strengths, knowledge and experience are brought to the table and harnessed to get the job done and tackle challenges that might arise. It can be exciting and a learning avenue but it also has it’s disadvantages in that there’s bound to be people who think their skills and contributions are more important than the others hence causing disagreement and tension in the team.

  130. In my experience I feel it’s best to work with people diverse skills but most times, they feel too big to be corrected and all

  131. From my experience, there is actually a positive relationship between team diversity and results. I was once involved with a team that needed to explore the impact of oil spill on a coastline community. The team had Environmentalists, microbiologists, toxicologists, Chemists, Marine Engineers, Economists and Statisticians who used their diverse skills and experiences to measure the spills and its impacts.

  132. Diversity and team performanceare connected. Different background as well as exposures and experiences can be harnessed together and this most times brings high productivities.
    Diversities brings different ideas to the table and gives the opportunity to see things differently.

    Odunyemi Ayooluwa

  133. In my opinion there is indeed a high connection between diversity and team performance, as members with high social diversity tends to have been exposed to different varying degrees of experience and challenges which when harnessed and put to use by the team will translate to diverse means of solving a giving challenge.
    more so, individuals with different perspective be it social, cultural, ideologies etc when they are able to collaborate and put heads together will be able to produce an outstanding result. as it is the product of diverse experience. This kind of team allows for the input of different expertise rather than monopolizing ideas, hence it allows for group inclusion and equal participation. it further validates the common saying that ” there is unity and strength in diversity”

    however Diversity if not well harnessed can easily lead to confusion and “STORMING”
    The strength of diversity can result to its weakness. the team can also end up lacking in certain strengths or expertise while having surplus in another leading to loopholes in the team performance or loss of interest in the team members which further translate to stakeholders moving from one quadrant of high level of interest to lost of interest.
    the team may also experience under or overuse of some expertise as the right man for the job may not be appointed to the role of his expertise.
    communication gap is another key challenge that may be experienced in this kind of team.

  134. Definitely people with diversity tends to produce or deliver their projects effectively because they would share their ideas and work around if to give them excellent outcome.
    They work together irrespective of their culture.
    It can be challenging at first because of their different experiences but when they realize they have a come-on goal they will find a solution and deliver a perfect job.

  135. There is indeed a connection between diversity and team performance. Teams with greater diversity tend to produce superior work for some reasons:

    Diverse perspectives: Individuals from different backgrounds bring unique perspectives, experiences, and insights to the table.
    Enhanced problem-solving: Diversity encourages critical thinking and problem-solving by challenging assumptions and fostering a broader range of ideas.
    Increased adaptability: Teams with diverse members are often more adaptable and resilient in the face of change.
    Better decision-making: Diverse teams are less susceptible to groupthink and more likely to consider a variety of perspectives when making decisions. This can result in more informed and balanced decision-making processes.
    However, working in highly diverse teams also presents challenges such as
    Communication barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, and cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations within diverse teams.

    Conflict and tension: Diverse teams may experience heightened levels of conflict due to differing opinions, values, and backgrounds.

    Social cohesion: Building trust can be more challenging in highly diverse teams, particularly if members have divergent backgrounds or experiences.

    Bias and discrimination: Despite the benefits of diversity, unconscious bias and discrimination can still occur within teams.

    Effectively harnessing the benefits of diversity while mitigating its challenges requires intentional efforts to promote inclusion, respect differences, and cultivate a culture of collaboration and mutual respect within the team.

  136. Diverse teams tend to perform well due to their range of knowledge and cognitive abilities, their high levels of social or identity diversity provided they all have a common goal, vison and are ready to work together to ensure that the project comes out successful

  137. Yes, i believed diverse team produce more superior work. When diverse team come together, they tend to produce and achieve more greater things together.

    Also, they tend to gather, and gain more experience. Being in a diverse team help expose a lot of things about individual in a team.

    Challenges arise when individuals tend to disregard, and disrespect others opinion in a team work. Ethnicity may also be a challenge when it comes to diversity.

    Lack of communication also stands as a challenge in a diverse team.

    A diverse team will achieve more when they tend to have a common goal.

  138. Diverse teams actually bring together a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge, which can lead to more creative solutions and innovative approaches. However, language differences, cultural nuances, or varying communication styles can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication. By creating a truly inclusive environment that leverages the strengths of diversity requires conscious effort and strong leadership, a diverse team can turn out to become the best team

  139. In my experience diverse teams work for short term situations and amazingly well but in the long term people weaknesses start to show up and only cohesive teams grommed together may survive well in long-term situations as they know these weakness and can put people in the right sustainable positions and have methods of managing burnouts and it’s likes.

  140. Yes I do,diverse team and group of people have always been the group I work with this makes us to brainstorm and give out different diverse opinion if our goals align the diverse opinion tends to give the project a wonderful outlook and overall success
    But there are also limitations to it they include conflict, anxiety, misconduct and most times misconceptions raising from diverse opinion and personality

  141. Yes I do see a connection between diversity and performance. Diverse team members are formed and agreed on norms and rules about how the team will work together to achieve the collective goal and to work productively as a team.
    The likely challenges that may arise from working in diverse team may include conflict, anxiety, cultural approach to situations and sexuality or age diversity.

  142. The execution phase of a project is crucial for achieving quality goals.

    The execution phrase is very important. If the foundation or startment of the project did not follow the quality plan. The team will end up building a different version of supposed project thereby defiling the project goals.

  143. Yes teams with high diversity produce superior work mainly because of the connected relationship, agreement and readiness to bring the project to a successful end

  144. Yes, there’s without a doubt a association between differences and execution in groups. Investigate has appeared that groups with more noteworthy differing qualities tend to create prevalent work due to the wide run of perspectives, encounters, and concepts that distinctive group individuals bring to the table. This differing qualities can lead to expanded inventiveness, development, and problem-solving capacities inside the group.

    In any case, working in profoundly differing groups moreover presents its claim set of challenges. common challenge is communication boundaries, ways of working, and accept framework, as group individuals may come from diverse social foundations and have shifting communication and working styles. This may in some cases lead to mistaken assumptions, misinterpretations, or clashes inside the group. Typically the more reason why group constitution is critical.

    Also, differing qualities can moreover in some cases lead to oblivious inclinations or stereotyping within the group, which can prevent collaboration and cooperation. It’s critical for group individuals to be open-minded, sympathetic, and willing to memorize from one another in arrange to overcome these challenges and work viably together.

    By and large, whereas there are certainly challenges that come with working in exceedingly assorted groups, the benefits of differing qualities in terms of execution and development distant exceed the potential drawbacks. By cultivating a culture of regard, incorporation, and open communication, different groups can reach their full potential and accomplish extraordinary victory.

  145. Diversity simply means different set of skills, knowledge, experience and exposure working at the same goal for optimum result. Diversity enhance great performance and is can also lead to high performance, intelligence and creative performance. But the disadvantages which may arise are challenges like unhealthy competitions, cultural diversity in approaching certain issue, gender preference.

  146. Diversity in team produce a better work experience as everyone has its role and is perfect with it.. also it gives room for division of Labour which in return makes the work easier and faster

  147. In my experience, diversity within teams significantly enhances performance. The varied backgrounds and perspectives of team members bring fresh insights to projects, enriching discussions and enabling consideration of multiple approaches and potential outcomes. This diversity fosters robust brainstorming sessions, leading to the generation of numerous alternatives to tackle project challenges.

    While I refrain from labeling the output of diverse teams as inherently “superior,” I firmly believe that such teams inherently possess a broader spectrum of possibilities. This wealth of perspectives and expertise becomes particularly evident when confronting project obstacles. Team members with diverse skill sets often offer alternative solutions that might not be apparent to others lacking their specific expertise.

    However, working in highly diverse teams presents its own set of challenges. The most prevalent issue arises from the very advantage of diversity: reconciling divergent views. I have encountered instances where team members’ differing dispositions toward a project lead to difficulties in finding common ground. For instance, in a team comprising both risk-taking business developers and risk-averse compliance professionals, reconciling their contrasting approaches posed a significant challenge.

    Overall, while diversity enriches team dynamics and problem-solving capabilities, managing conflicting perspectives remains a critical aspect of ensuring effective collaboration and project success.

  148. When you look at the research, the relationship between diversity and high-performing teams isn’t always a positive correlation. For diversity to truly enhance teamwork, teams need to establish psychological safety and build shared understanding. Otherwise, diverse ideas, perspectives, and experiences can cause more friction than innovation

    Psychological safety is crucial for diverse teams to tap into the benefits of diversity. When team members feel psychologically safe, they are more likely to share their ideas, take risks, and engage in open and honest discussions. As a leader, it is essential to create an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgment or negative consequences.

    Shared understanding is important for diverse teams to work together effectively. When team members have a clear understanding of each other’s work preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, they can collaborate more efficiently and leverage each other’s skills and expertise. Building shared understanding requires intentional efforts to create an environment where team members can openly discuss their working styles and expectations.

    Diversity, when combined with psychological safety and shared understanding, enhances teamwork, and leads to improved performance. By creating an environment where
    team members feel safe to express themselves and fostering shared understanding, teams can tap into the full potential of their diverse members. Embracing diversity as
    a strength allows teams to approach problems from various perspectives, leading to better problem-solving and value creation. And that helps everyone on the team do their
    best work ever.

  149. Yes, there is indeed a connection between diversity and performance in teams. Research has shown that teams with greater diversity tend to produce superior work due to the wide range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas that different team members bring to the table. This diversity can lead to increased creativity, innovation, and problem-solving abilities within the team.

    However, working in highly diverse teams also presents its own set of challenges. common challenge is communication barriers, ways of working, and believe system, as team members may come from different cultural backgrounds and have varying communication and working styles. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings, misinterpretations, or conflicts within the team. This is the more reason why team charter is important.

    Additionally, diversity can also sometimes lead to unconscious biases or stereotyping within the team, which can hinder collaboration and teamwork. It’s important for team members to be open-minded, empathetic, and willing to learn from one another in order to overcome these challenges and work effectively together.

    Overall, while there are certainly challenges that come with working in highly diverse teams, the benefits of diversity in terms of performance and innovation far outweigh the potential drawbacks. By fostering a culture of respect, inclusion, and open communication, diverse teams can reach their full potential and achieve great success.

    Oluwagbemi Elasoru

  150. Diverse teams means different skills set, knowledge, experience and attitude towards their work. so, it definitely has a great connection with performance. There is little or no attachment to fellow team members but only attachments and connection to the work goals.

    Challenges that may arise in a diverse team may be due to individual differences in job execution, manner of approach, insights, emotions, gender preference, age or sexuality.

  151. Yes, there is a connection between diversity and performance in team. A diverse team often possesses a wider range of skills and expertise. Making the team better equipped to tackle complex challenges and adapt to changing circumstances.

    while diversity can lead to improved performance, addressing challenges such as communication barriers, conflict resolution, bias, and inclusivity is essential for maximizing the benefits of diversity in teams.

  152. Diversity and performance are connected in a significant way. Diverse teams can outperform homogenous ones by combining their ideas, goals, skills, and strategies to achieve an outstanding outcome. The reason for this is that a team with greater diversity is capable of producing superior work. Multitasking among team members is enabled by diversity, which benefits the team financially and in terms of time management. Some of the challenges include communication issues, there are various work patterns that varies, clashes of opinions, unhealthy competitions, and lack of team cohesion.

  153. In my opinion, more diverse team have deeper well of knowledge and intellect to draw from, so there is tendency to perform better than homogenous teams. Also, going with the fact that there is little or no friendly familiarity among them, this tends to make the relationship among them strictly official and professional which will indirectly yield more productivity.

  154. Diversity yields more results faster and better and this is because we have a group of experienced people who have different knowledge and ideas from different backgrounds. It gives the project a more effective delivery time and results. The overall outcome makes it more beautiful and unique.

  155. Diversity yields better performance because different people come with their different experiences gotten overtime due to previous team experience, place of work and more.
    They are always more advantages than disadvantages in diversity of team

  156. Diversity is an essential element of a successful team. A team that comprises members from different backgrounds, cultures, genders, ages, and experiences can bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas to the table. Diverse teams have proven to be more innovative, creative, and efficient in problem-solving than homogeneous teams
    Some advantages of a diverse team include:
    1) Improved creativity and innovation.
    2) Increased adaptability.
    3) Broader range of skills.
    4) Improved employee retention.
    5) Increased customer satisfaction

  157. In my experience, Project performance in diversity comes with a great result when you have a heterogeneous Team to work with on a project. . Over a particular project, diversified Team members bring creativity and new ideas on the table because of their background and perspective and in return , it gives the project an effective delivery.

  158. In my experience, diverse teams often exhibit increased creativity and innovation due to a variety of perspectives and approaches. This diversity can lead to more comprehensive problem-solving and a richer pool of ideas.

    However, challenges may arise in highly diverse teams, such as differences in communication styles, potential misunderstandings, or varying cultural norms. Effective leadership and clear communication strategies are essential to harness the benefits of diversity while addressing these challenges.

    Overall, fostering an inclusive environment that values and integrates diverse perspectives can contribute to the high performance of teams and organizations. ~Julius

  159. Based on my observations, I noticed that diverse teams bring a range of perspectives, experiences, and skills to problem-solving which fosters creativity, innovation and performance.
    In terms of performance, I think diverse teams, when managed effectively, can outperform similar or homogenous teams in terms of creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making due to their various experiences and backgrounds.
    When working with diverse teams the challenges that occurs could be language differences, cultural norms, and communication styles. Differing opinions and perspectives which may lead to conflicts if not managed properly and would impact the team cohesion and productivity. Then most importantly bias and stereotypes which may affect decision-making processes and lead to marginalization or exclusion of certain group members.

  160. Diversity aids performance. It gives team the opportunity and ability to develop and improve performance. When a team of diverse people come together the eagerness and determination to achieve excellence is the utmost goal. Socialization comes after a successful achievement.
    Challenges of working in a diverse team can be said to be socialization and collaboration because you are still trying to learn and also express yourself to your teammates. This might also be a challenge in communication and collaboration.

  161. Diversity and performance has a direct relationship. The more diverse the teams are,the greater the level of performance. There is high level of expertise amongst the team members thereby bringing various approach in solving a problem.
    One of the disadvantage of diversity amongst team members is that elongate the timeline of project because people have different perspectives and approach to solving a problem.

  162. Yes, diversity among team members can increase performance on projects. Diverse teams bring a range of perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table, which can lead to more innovative solutions, better problem-solving, and increased creativity. Additionally, diverse teams are often better equipped to understand and serve diverse customer bases, leading to improved overall performance.

  163. There is a connection between diversity and performance. Diversity in team members brings about different perspective, ideas, skills and knowledge which when put together produces great performance and success of a project. One of the challenges that might arise when working with a diverse team is that due to different ideas, opinion or point of view, expertise, skills, there might be difficulty in reconciling them but these can be manage through great leadership and communication.

  164. I do see a connection between diversity and performance. From my experience, diversity in teams brings fresh perspectives to a project in that the multiple capabilities in the team makes discussions robust with the contemplation of several other methods and possible outcomes that would not have been considered if the members of the team were homogenous and thinking the same way.

    While I would not call the product of teams with greater diversity “superior”, I am of the firm belief that working in a team with greater diversity automatically gives access to more possibilities from brainstorming sessions and this in turn gives multiple alternatives when there is a project challenge that threatens to be a roadblock to the completion of the project, Differing levels of expertise in different elements of a project drive home this point as possible alternatives not apparent to a layman would be suggested when there is an expert in that field on the team.

    When working in highly diverse teams, the most common challenge is one stemming from the advantage of diversity and this is that members of the team might have views that are so divergent that there might be great difficulty in reconciling them. From my experience, irreconcilable differences usually stem from divergent dispositions to the current project, For example, I have had to work on a team with business developers who are prone to taking risks to drive sales as well as compliance and control members of the work force who are more conservative and who tend to see obstacles instead of the results their business development counterparts see.

  165. From most of my stable environment projects experience, a homogenous team works best for me because after intimating my team on the aim and expected outcome of the project we skip the Forming, Storming and Norming phases and jump right into the performing phase. On more complex projects I noticed that a mix of known team members and new random members served me best than an all diverse team

  166. Diversity is important in any management setting.
    It brings about good performance and results.
    Although, there might be little challenges or no challenges.
    Therefore, proper communication and understanding is crucial.

  167. Off course working with diversity team lead to better performance, and also the storming process will not be high. As we know, in diversity they will definitely be storming due to diversity, then the norming process brings the team members together to give them a high performance which will help them to collaborate and work productively.

  168. There is power in diversity .My experience in managing projects with heterogeneous work force always bring out sense of ownership and collective responsibility using specialisation in asssingning roles and duties ..The stakeholders also do appreciate this as beauty of inclusivity with openness which facilitate effective communication in their line of dyty. It increases efficiency, effectiveness and deliverables and productivity on a record time.
    Assembling professionals of diverse backgrounds, skills,age ,experience could be pretty difficult but when it eventually happens it will enhanced better performance through a result oriented project collaboration

  169. teams with diverse personalities perform better because everyone has come together for a purpose and will like to get it done perfectly.
    I enjoy working with new team always

  170. Diversity yields better performance because different people come with different experiences gotten overtime due to age, time at work, gender, previous team experience, location etc.

    Some of the challenges may be leadership, communication, attitude to work, work culture… All these can be checked with proper communication

  171. Team with diversity are not easily assembled and difficult sometimes to come into conclusions on matters, but with patience and leadership skills the team will yield better results.

  172. I’ve not really found my self in a low-cohesive team, most teams I’ve been in are highly cohesive where most of us are of same cultural background and educational background, that which might be a distraction at times.
    I sincerely do believe low cohesive formed teams would perform better as there would be lesser distractions.

  173. Diverse teams are the hardest to assemble but with the right tone and structure of communication, they will overdeliver. You will need a bit of patience and strong persuasion/negotiation skills.

  174. My first experience working on a project was with a team and I think understanding and effective communication impacted our work effectively and we were able to manage that project to execution. Every department had their various works to do and things were put in place

  175. Diversity brings high performance, it’s for me like The subject of specialization. Everyone comes with his expertise, skills, and experience into the project thereby making the process seem easy

  176. Diversity can equal efficiency as different people with differ experiences, cultures, backgrounds, educational qualification and knowledge brings different ideas to the table to solve a problem. Less familiarity also equals seriousness and professionalism.

  177. I don’t really have much experience working with corporate team in any project but theoretically, I believe team with social diversity tends to succeed more because there will be no room for sentiment or familiarity of any sort that can affect the project. Project thrives more in a more business minded environment than in a familiarized environment.

  178. Collaborating with a diverse team leads to enhanced performance. Embracing diversity may initially lead to some challenges as the team adjusts, but through the process of norming, the team reaches a stage of high performance. In contrast, homogeneous teams can foster social conformity, which may hinder project success to some degree. Therefore, it’s wise for project managers to integrate diverse teams, such as having a mixed crew to respond to emergencies. As a project manager, effective communication and inclusivity are vital for driving better performance in any team you lead.

  179. There’s a positive relationship between diversity and performance in Project Teams; if intelligently coordinated. The more members with wide range of experiences and knowledge I have on my team, the high the tendency to deliver excellently if I properly communicate with all! Yes, more diverse teams do better work than homogeneous teams; I tend to get answers and solutions quickly if I have a diverse team. The challenges of working in highly diverse teams are basically, Control and Submission. When all members know they are overly capable, they are likely not give in to one another and this won’t help in collaboration. And without collaboration, the plans and goals of the project are likely to be shattered. But, these challenges can be overcome with proper and continuous COMMUNICATION.

  180. There’s strength in diversity and there’s is a connection between diversity and Performance in project management. There’s need for diversity in skills of team members and polling of this diverse skills together to achieve the intended goals of the project . When team members have diverse skills and knowledge helps to bring different ideas to the table for discussion towards the achievements and performance of the team on the project .

  181. Yes, there is a connection between diversity and performance. when people from diverse groups come together to build a team there is this strength because each person wants to put in their very best to the project and team.
    Oh yes teams with greater diversity produce superior work.
    Challenges of working with diverse teams is different ideas and perspective towards things on the project.
    Cultural differences too

  182. There’s strength in diversity of a team.it takes different skills to successfully implement an intervention. For example, I have implemented projects successful in areas that the Beneficiaries understood only the local language but having a team member that understood the local language made it very easy for us to implement.
    There are also challenges with working with diverse teams. Differences in culture, education, level of experience on the job, religion etc can cause storming in a team. But a team manager with good management skills like leading, good communication, directing, controlling and coordinating will take the once a storming team to a performing team.

  183. Project professionals and team members from diverse and different backgrounds and cultures are likely to have different experiences and perspectives they can bring to the team and project.

  184. Working with diversity team lead to better performance, in diversity they will definitely be storming due to diversity, then the norming process prompts the high performance of the team. Homogeneous team creat room for social moment which will be detrimental to the project to some extent, for the boat crew to work with diversity team in responding to emergency is a smart move by the PM. As a PM in whichever team you are leading, communicate and carry the team along for better performance.

  185. Working with diversity of people will increase the team performance because there wouldn’t be any form of little talks or social interactions and just people coming together to make the project work.

  186. from my experience as a Business Analyst, working with diverse team leads to better performance if the Project Manager patiently takes the team through the forming, storming and norming process.
    The High performing teams collaborates to attain better performance which high productivity.
    However cultural difference posses a greater risk if not well managed by the PM.

  187. Diversity has it advantages and with people from diverse world tends to get down to business rather than have some social moment. social factor can either be a negative force or a positive force that bring about harmonious attitude. If I’m to make reference to the boat crew, I’d say that the PM hadn’t much choice than to work with who was available and bringing in diversity was a smart move, its like having 3 web designers in one team when you can actually give room for other key players to step in.

  188. Diversity and performance.
    As I observe is quite true that these teams perform higher and I think this way; less time to figure out others weakness all that matters is achieving goals of coming together, the reason of team formation is urgent and have less time to achieve goal. But the other side of it is that the adjourning part is not painful. It’s also involved expert because time of training is very small. So both approach have advantages and disadvantages.

  189. Phenomenally a PM should understand the mix in projects and use the peculiarities to set up required teams. Using a diverse team is like using a multipurpose tool to solve a problem. Any way the dynamics of the problem comes forth, the team responds to it using the strength of a suitable member of the team. Diverse team certainly gives an edge in solving a project problem but however requires the PM to lead in norming possible storms stemming from varying or diverse backgrounds. Fro my experience, I have to deliver an order ten times the capacity of my team and I had to form a larger one to deliver this order. The original members always like to show that they are in house and know how they deliver but not minding that those brought in are also lords in their own rights. All I do is to assign, regularly withdraw for updates and possibly reassign as the need is established. Also, the fact that I had the role of looking over the shoulder of the project, I am quick to see where a member needs help and second support without bruising the ego of the other.

  190. Working with a team with diverse individuals can be challenging, but that does not mean that such team cannot be productive. It is the duty of the PM to know the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and assign roles to them each according to his strength. The PM should know the different ways to communicate to each member of the team. As the saying goes, you don’t need to have the perfect team, but you can make the perfect team.

  191. Working with diverse team might abit challenging due to different cultural experiences and patterns of work. It might take a long time before they would be able to understand themselves and agree on a particular solution to a problem, it will initially slow down the work progress but once they were able to come together as a team the outcome of the project would be unique and excellent.

  192. Really, the more diverse a team is in terms of social and cognitive heterogeneity, the more it bring diverse ideas and solutions to a problem. Homogeneity kills creativity and gets everyone thinking alike and in same direction.
    Ordinarily I have observed that more disruptive idea come out by putting previously unyoked individuals together.
    However it is understood that previously strange new team members come with their own challenges like hitting it right away in terms of communication, emotions,culture, inclusivity, etc. Hence it is the responsibility of the Project Manager to create the enabling environment through properly thought-through Charter to break the ‘storm’.
    Once this is achieved, from experience the new team is assailable going forward.

  193. In my experience, there is indeed a strong relationship between diversity and performance in teams. Diverse teams tend to outperform homogeneous teams in various aspects, such as problem-solving, creativity, innovation, and decision-making. Diversity brings together individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, skills, and experiences, which can lead to a broader range of ideas and approaches to tackling challenges. This diversity of thought can result in more effective solutions and better outcomes for the team and the organization as a whole.

    However, while diverse teams have many advantages, they also come with their own set of challenges. Some of the common challenges of working in highly diverse teams include communication barriers, cultural differences, conflicting viewpoints, and potential misunderstandings. It can sometimes be challenging to navigate these differences and ensure that everyone feels heard, valued, and included in the team’s decision-making processes. Building trust, fostering open communication, promoting inclusivity, and embracing a culture of respect and understanding are essential for overcoming these challenges and harnessing the full potential of diversity in teams.

  194. Working in a diverse team can be a little bit difficult. But in the long run you get to learn from different perspectives and experience of others

  195. In my experience working with diverse team is challenging . The period of storming takes longer and is likely to reoccur. However the beauty in diversity is that it brings out the best from the members of the team. As a result of the different perspectives it commands, diversity triggers healthy competition and fosters respect. Most highly performing team are diverse. Homogenous are just average.

  196. A diverse team allows for an array of opinions and good ideas. in my field, i work with engineers, architects, surveyors and planners. These professionals have different areas of expertise and field of knowledge and have helped immensely in the completion of several projects. We all have one thing in common, “the built environment” as such grounds form homogeneity.

  197. Teams with greater diversity tend to bring a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and skill sets to the table. This diversity fosters creativity, innovation, and more robust problem-solving approaches, ultimately leading to superior work outcomes.
    Additionally, diverse teams often possess a richer understanding of diverse customer bases, enabling organizations to better cater to a wide range of demographics and markets. This can result in increased market share, improved customer satisfaction, and ultimately, better financial performance.
    major challenges I have seen working with team with greater diversity are
    1. due to conflicting viewpoints or competing priorities there are struggles in Decision-making processes
    2. Differences in language proficiency, communication styles, and cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations, hindering effective communication within the team.

  198. In my experience in the field, I believe homogeneous team tends to perform better than the diverse team. Reasons being that the skill and capacity of team members can be ascertain before the start of any task

  199. A team with high diversity and low social cohesion tends to bring diverse expertise and know-how to a project; however, communication barriers could also hold the effectiveness of the team in check, especially in ‘complicated’ situations.

  200. I have been part of diverse project teams in the past, and currently, I am part of one. Diverse teams (gender, age, culture, academic status, race, etc.) offer different experiences, working styles, and approaches to problem solving which is vital for delivering the outputs and outcomes in the project setting. Working with a diverse team is also a booster and aid learning and mentoring; thus improving the overall capability of the organisation.
    There are challenges working in a diverse team, and such include the overly display of some negative personality traits.

  201. Diversity creates a workplace and culture that is intuitively flexible, agile, and adaptable. It spans many dimensions including individuals (race, gender, physical abilities, age, and body type) and organisational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviours. Diversity helps to deliver competitive performance in projects and organizations.

  202. Working with a diverse team goes a long way toward the project’s success. This is mostly because, in diverse teams, members come together from diverse backgrounds and have diverse experiences and perspectives which shape their views and probably their modus operandi (during the stages of the project).

    With the spontaneity that births the team, team members don’t necessarily know themselves and as such, familiarity is minimal; and it makes it easier for the team to be more focused on work with minimal or no distractions.

  203. It is evident that diversity and performance work hand in hand.
    an organisation with diversity seem to be more productive in achieving projects and work done.
    for example, in my organisation, when there are multiple supplies to be accomplished in a day. i sit down with my driver and loader and plan the first delivery that would happen while putting into consideration; traffic delays, quanity ordered, available truck and finally how often they are delayed when they go to a particular place for supplies.
    having this short meeting helps us achieve a considering number of request in a day.

    The disadvantage that can be experienced in a diverse team is the fact that most times, there might be suggestions that are biased in relation to one’s mood and health condition.
    Lack of communication between staffs is another factor that can hinder the company’s goals.

  204. A team with diverse backgrounds can bring a broader spectrum of knowledge and expertise to the project; however, it may also face challenges such as discrimination and communication barriers due to biases.

  205. Teams with social and cognitive diversity tend to perform best in a team as this will bring to fore diverse knowledge, experience, skills, expertise of individuals in the team, thereby sharing opinion with each other for the success of the project.

    Diversity is one of the key areas in building a successive team .When team members are from diverse backgrounds and with there unique wealth of experience, this will propel the performance of the team at large.

    But on the other hand, if not well managed, can also work against the team if the project manager or team lead has not communicated the vision and mission of the project to the members as well as setting the rules within the project member inorder to achieve the vision.

  206. Teams with social and cognitive diversity tend to perform best in a team. This is due to diverse knowledge, experience, skills, expertise of individuals in the team. individuals from different works and exposure are involved in the project thereby sharing opinion with each other for the success of the project. for example a construction company or project making use of the individuals in accounting to help financial planning and budgeting, quantity surveyors, safety manager, electrical technician, equipment operators.

  207. Josiah Ramsey Okeleye
    Cohort 13 team 8

    When a team comprises of diverse team players/ members they are bound to bring different levels of experiences expertise and knowledge into successfully developing the project at hand which in effect will definitely result into smooth working environments. However there is a reversal of the law. Having a diverse team members working on a project is not always a soft landing especially in situations whereby most members lacks professionalism, while it can be beneficial it also can be detrimental because there likely will be conflict of interest and also different approaches to handling projects which my results to delay in project execution and lost of time and resources.

  208. Diversity is one of the key area in building a successive team .When team members are from diverse backgrounds and with there unique wealth of experience,this will propelled the performance of the tram. at large .
    On contrary, this can also work against the team if the project manager or team lead did not communicate the vision and mission of the project to the members.Also set the rules within the project member inorder to achieve the vision.

  209. Cohort 13 team 5
    Diversity is a great way of building a team if it is properly managed and well organized. Diversity allows alot of ideas to be shared and discussed,it gives room for more experiences to be shared among the new teams coming together to achieve a great result and successes. If a team lead finds it hard to manage diverse teams then, it will be a chaotic experience and poor result oriented.

  210. Diverse Teams – if diversity is well harnessed and directed towards project goals will provide better performance depending on the ability of the project manager to manage diversity
    The challenges of diversity teams are :
    Too many ideas that may cause slow in decision making.
    Not communicating well because they all want their ideas to be counted.
    I believe diversity has a connection with performance. Each team member brings a distinct flavor to the output.

  211. The submission of APM acknowledging the superior nature of diverse teams and how it drives the performance outcomes aligns with my personal experience. We are the Health finance team of a financial institution saddled with the responsibility of pitching our product offerings, identifying new markets and opportunities and other health value chain businesses. The team is a combination of experienced retail sales officers, medical doctors and experienced pharmaceutical marketers. This is a diverse team of professionals with varied backgrounds, experiences, diverse cognitive abilities which has helped the unit to consistently outperform other units in driving the agenda of the bank and grow its profitability margin. The team has also been instrumental in rejigging our product paper to reflect current realities in the market and sector where we play in.
    There is a great connection between diversity and performance as it helps to see from different perspectives which in turn can be useful in addressing potential challenges that may arise during the course of a project.
    The major challenge of diverse teams for me could be communication barriers, aligning diversity to goals, discrimination, biases and cultural discriminations. As a project manager, the ability to be able to harness these diversities and address these challenges will produce successful project outcomes.

  212. A diverse team will bring in more perspective and they will be more dynamic and creative. A diverse team will drive performance and growth. However, attention need to be made on the barriers to effective diverse team such as communication and conflict of interest.

  213. The ability to bring a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the table will factor in the superiority of diverse teams at work, whereby they achieve more innovative problem-solving. However, working in highly diverse teams can present challenges such as complex communication, potential misunderstandings due to different beliefs, conflicts, and lack of trust and cohesion among team members with different backgrounds and values.

  214. Cohort 13 Team 6

    A diverse team can contribute a greater range of knowledge and experience to the project, but there may also be bias in the form of racism, discrimination, and other hurdles to communication.

  215. For me I would prefer Diversity of team members, one of the vital importance of diverse team is the opportunity for team members to gain various skills and ideas on how to do a particular project in different ways.
    Another advantage is that there won’t be unnecessary tension between team members everyone will be focused on carry out designated activities in making sure that the project is successful.

    Challenge
    There might be conflict on how a project should be carried out due to difference in experience and the HOW?
    A perfect example is a team of caterers saddled with the responsibility to bake a cake, there maybe conflict on what flavors, quantity of ingredients to put in the cake for perfection due to differences in experience and several ways and patterns of baking.

  216. Research suggests a positive relationship between diversity and performance in teams. Diverse teams often bring a variety of perspectives, skills, and ideas, leading to more innovative solutions and improved problem-solving. However, the effectiveness of diverse teams depends on how well they manage challenges.

    Challenges in highly diverse teams can include communication barriers, differences in work styles, and potential misunderstandings due to cultural or personal factors. It requires effective leadership, open communication, and cultural sensitivity to harness the benefits of diversity without letting these challenges hinder collaboration.

    In summary, while diversity can enhance team performance, addressing and managing the challenges associated with it is crucial for reaping the full benefits of a diverse team.

  217. From my experience having worked and lead a diverse team, they tend to work out impressively because there isn’t chance to be left behind and everyone would want to have an impact on the team. Only issues that sometimes arises is due to the various opinions and contrasting ideas at times, these can be characterized as the storming stage but once the team is able to move past that, you’ll discover they end up being a high performing team and tasks are carried out well

  218. Okafor nneka
    Cohort 13, team 10

    I believe a more diverse team works out best in most teams as they just have their first contact with each other; everyone comes with a mindset of proving themselves and most often would bring their best game, knowledge and expertise.
    In contrast, homogenous groups already have developed a certain degree of familiarity and may have a hard time obeying their leader thus leading to conflict of interests.

  219. From my experience, I believe diversity breeds multiplied ingenuity in a team. A diverse team brings on board varied range of experiences, background, know-how, skills, perspectives, wide spectrum of emotional capabilities, social competence and professional capabilities. The output is always more robust and outcome desirable.
    Challenges in a diverse team maybe at the storming phase when the team is just getting to familiarize. Questions of differences in perspectives may arise. But as soon as the team settles in, it produces its finest work as a result of its rich diversity

  220. Precious Chidiebere Eburuekwe. Cohort 13, Team 5.
    Diversity among team members tends to bring segregation especially when you have different tribes working in a team. But the only to achieve success is to unify them through initial meeting where you the project manager has to communicate the purpose of the project, the situation and every other vital Information they will be needing. This will to make make them understand each other knowing that they have different roles to but one output/outcome is expected .

  221. Nwabenu Udoka
    Cohort 13 Team 10

    Diverse teams can take advantage of their combined abilities to provide high-quality work with efficient management and solutions for overcoming these obstacles. To fully utilize diversity and promote organizational success, a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and open communication must be established.

  222. Mfon Brendan
    Cohort 13, Team.9
    Research shows that there is a positive relationship between diversity and performance. Diversity allows for better performance and productivity among and within teams.
    Diversity will allow for seamless transfer of ideas as there are no prior conflicts among team members. Moreso there will be different lines of thought, perspective and ideas there resulting in high chances of creativity and innovation in the team.

    Working In a diverse environment can yield high performance in an organisation. How be it there may be challenges that may ensue I’m a diverse team, and this includes challenges in communication style or language. Differences in perspective or ideas may give rise to conflicts among team members and output if these varying perspectives are not properly processed.

  223. Research shows that there is a positive relationship between diversity and performance. Diversity allows for better performance and productivity among and within teams.
    Diversity will allow for seamless transfer of ideas as there are no prior conflicts among team members. Moreso there will be different lines of thought, perspective and ideas there resulting in high chances of creativity and innovation in the team.

    Working In a diverse environment can yield high performance in an organisation. How be it there may be challenges that may ensue I’m a diverse team, and this includes challenges in communication style or language. Differences in perspective or ideas may give rise to conflicts among team members and output if these varying perspectives are not properly processed.

  224. Yes, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting a positive relationship between diversity in team members and overall team performance. Diverse teams can offer a range of perspectives, skills, and experiences, leading to enhanced creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and adaptability. However, the relationship between diversity and performance is complex, and success depends on various factors.

    Benefits of Diversity in Teams:
    Innovation and Creativity: Diverse teams bring a variety of viewpoints and approaches to problem-solving, fostering creativity and innovation.
    Broader Skill Sets: Different backgrounds and experiences contribute to a wider range of skills within the team, improving the team’s ability to handle diverse challenges.
    Better Decision-Making: Diverse teams are more likely to consider multiple perspectives and avoid groupthink, leading to better-informed and more effective decision-making.
    Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diversity enables teams to approach problems from different angles, leading to more comprehensive and robust solutions.
    Increased Adaptability: Teams with diverse members are often more adaptable to change and better equipped to navigate complex and dynamic environments.

    Challenges of Highly Diverse Teams:
    Communication Barriers: Differences in language, communication styles, or cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and hinder effective communication.
    Conflict and Tension: Diverse teams may experience more conflict due to differing opinions, values, or approaches. Managing and resolving conflicts becomes crucial.
    Cultural Sensitivity: Team members need to be culturally sensitive and aware to avoid unintentional biases or misunderstandings.
    Inclusion and Belonging: Creating an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and included is a challenge in diverse teams.
    Team Cohesion: Building trust and cohesiveness may take more effort in diverse teams, as individuals with different backgrounds may take time to establish strong working relationships.
    Decision-Making Challenges: Achieving consensus may be more challenging in diverse teams due to varying perspectives and cultural differences.

    In conclusion, while diversity in teams can contribute positively to performance, effective management and a commitment to creating an inclusive environment are essential for reaping the full benefits of a diverse team and overcoming potential challenges.

  225. From my experiences in the time past, a project with diverse teams delivers better outcome, they go through the Bruce Tuckman theory of group formation faster and effectively compared to a homogeneous team where you have to set the thin line between familiarity and braking a leader, the conflict of interest in homogenous team tend to influence decision making and overall project outcome.

  226. I believe there exists a correlation between diversity and performance. Observing a diverse team, one can discern that its members bring a wealth of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds to the table, fostering creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. As the team approaches challenges from different angles and offers unique insights, this can ultimately lead to improved team performance and outcomes. However, alongside these benefits, diverse teams also encounter challenges such as communication barriers, which may result in misunderstandings, conflicts, and tension, as well as cultural diversity. Navigating these challenges requires active leadership and open dialogue to foster an inclusive and supportive team culture.

  227. The relationship between diversity and performance in teams is complex and depends on various factors. While diverse teams can potentially outperform homogeneous teams due to their broader range of perspectives and experiences, the actual impact on performance depends on how diversity is managed and leveraged within the team.
    Managing diversity comes with challenges such as communication barriers, differing perspectives, and potential for misunderstandings. If not properly addressed, these challenges can hinder team performance.
    Diversity can contribute positively to team performance, it’s essential for organizations to also focus on creating inclusive cultures that support and empower diverse teams to maximize their potential.

  228. Diverse team can bring a wider range of skills and expertise to the project but there might be communication barriers, discrimination, racism, and other forms of prejudice.

  229. Certainly, a more diverse team will do better than a homogeneous team especially in complex situations this so because a more diverse team look at things from different perspectives and are always prepared for any form of challenges

  230. Diversity in teams brings about expertise in different skills and experiences. These collective abilities result in better decision-making, creativity, problem-solving and efficient managemental practices. Therefore there is a correlation between diversity and performance. However, there might be disadvantages if the lead team does not manage the group effectively, or if there are gaps in communication between the various team members involved. This can result in a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Having a group of intellectuals with diverse skills, knowledge and contributions translates into outstanding performance. In my life scenario, we organised a training at my place of work and we decided to bring in different expertise in the field related to the theme of the events. The participants were satisfied, gained a lot of experience and the program was a great success based on the feedback we received thereafter.

  231. Experiences of Diversity in teams and its connection to performance.

    Cohort 13
    Team 8

    The connection between diversity and performance in a project team is a complex and dynamic one. Research has shown that diversity in terms of different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, skills, and knowledge can have a significant impact on a team’s performance. Here are some key points to consider:

    1. Enhanced problem-solving: Diversity in a project team can lead to enhanced problem-solving and decision-making. When team members bring different perspectives and approaches to the table, it can lead to more thorough and innovative solutions to complex challenges.

    2. Creativity and innovation: Diverse teams often generate more creative and innovative ideas. A variety of viewpoints and experiences can lead to more out-of-the-box thinking, which in turn can result in more original and effective solutions.

    3. Broader skill sets: A diverse team can bring a wider range of skills and expertise to the project. This can result in a more comprehensive approach to tackling tasks and addressing various aspects of the project, ultimately contributing to improved performance.

    4. Improved adaptability: A diverse team is often more adaptable to changing circumstances and market demands. The ability to adapt and respond to new challenges is crucial for project success, and diversity can provide a team with the agility it needs to navigate unforeseen obstacles.

    5. Better decision-making: Diverse teams can make more well-rounded and informed decisions. Instead of relying on a single perspective, diverse teams can consider various angles, leading to decisions that are more thoroughly evaluated and comprehensive.

    Despite these potential benefits, it’s important to note that diversity alone doesn’t guarantee improved performance. In fact, managing diversity within a team can be challenging and may lead to issues such as communication barriers, cultural differences, and conflicts. Effective team leadership and management are crucial for leveraging the advantages of diversity and minimizing its potential drawbacks.

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  232. Because diverse teams have a wider range of experiences and abilities, they can think more creatively, make better decisions, and solve problems more effectively. This leads to higher performance. Nonetheless, in order to fully realize the advantages of diversity, issues like prejudice, inclusion, communication hurdles, and conflict resolution must be resolved.

    Diverse teams can take advantage of their combined abilities to provide high-quality work with efficient management and solutions for overcoming these obstacles. To fully utilize diversity and promote organizational success, a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and open communication must be established.

  233. Diversity enhances performance. Higher earnings are the result of a more productive workforce. It is also the case that diverse teams are typically more creative and capable of solving problems.
    Yes, teams with greater diversity produce superior work. Numerous studies have demonstrated that diverse teams outperform non-diverse ones in producing creative solutions.
    Challenges that arise when working in highly diverse teams are stereotypes, discrimination, racism, and other forms of prejudice. Employees might feel they don’t belong if they see or experience these. As a result, they might quit giving it their all and stop being genuine at work.

  234. Yes, there’s a relationship between diversity and performance,diverse teams tend to outperform homogeneous ones. Diversity brings varied perspectives, which can lead to more creativity, better problem-solving, and innovation. However, effective management of diverse teams is crucial for reaping these benefits, as it requires fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

  235. Diversity in projects gives team individuals to showcase their skills in a free environment without any restrictions, restrictions could be distractions from other team members if they’re homogeneous, therefore diversity increases productivity and creativity. It also brings an effective collaboration due to the respect each team member has for one another. The major problem in diversity is the lack of ability of the project manager to identify each member problem immediately, it might be due to social or emotional differences and also language barriers.

  236. I believe the researchers are right as a diverse team can think more diversely in complex situations than homogeneous team who think the same and might not be able to see outside the scope

  237. The oil and gas industry is multicultural, multidisciplinary and multinational in nature. The industry is known for its diversity. This diversity has resulted in the development and growth of the industry. These diverse teams are notable for:
    Broader Perspectives: this brings together persons with different backgrounds, disciplines, experiences, and perspectives. This has resulted in innovative and creative solutions to problems.
    Enhanced Problem-Solving: as they can draw from a wider range of experiences and expertise to analyze problems comprehensively and develop effective strategies.
    Improved Decision-Making: In diverse teams, discussions tend to be more robust and thorough
    Better Adaptation to Change: diverse teams are often better equipped to adjust and find innovative solutions when faced with unexpected challenges
    However, it is also important to acknowledge that while diversity can lead to enhanced performance, it also presents challenges that teams must navigate: Such challenges include communication barrier, conflict management, inclusivity and unconscious bias amongst others.
    Even though as diversity can enhance team performance, it requires proactive efforts to overcome challenges and foster an inclusive environment where all members can contribute effectively. When managed effectively, the benefits of diversity can outweigh the challenges, leading to more innovative and high-performing teams.

  238. Diversity leads to more creativity and initiative in performance, however due to cultural differences, it may lead to less social cohesion and communication barrier. This is something a PM must be ready to tackle when it arises

  239. Yes, diversity and performance have a relationship with each other. Diversity can lead to higher performance by promoting innovation, better decision-making, improved problem-solving and enhanced communication.Diverse teams don’t necessarily do more work just because they are diverse. However, they bring different perspectives, skills, and ideas to the table, which can lead to more efficient and effective work processes.

  240. Diversity in a team is a great benefit because it helps brings in variety of skills, knowledge and experience to the project.

  241. Full potential involvement allows active knowledge and viable skills that are Inevitably restful for different variety of people.
    Diversity in a team fosters innovation and produces positive results for with facts,ideas and opinions.

  242. Fostering diversity within a team is essential as it not only cultivates innovation and enhances outcomes but also embraces a spectrum of viewpoints, ideas, and skills. However, managing collaboration within highly diverse teams can present challenges. Prioritizing effective teamwork and communication becomes imperative to ensure cohesion and alignment. Overcoming these hurdles and leveraging the benefits of diversity necessitates the establishment of an inclusive and supportive environment. Therefore, robust diversity management practices are crucial for maximizing team potential and achieving organizational success.

  243. Diversity in teams and organizations can lead to a variety of advantages, including enhanced creativity, broader perspectives, improved problem-solving, increased innovation, and better decision-making. Additionally, diverse teams often exhibit higher adaptability and can better reflect and connect with diverse customer bases, fostering a positive organizational image.

  244. variety of people, knowledge and skills is inevitably resultful because it allows active involvement and use of one full potentials

  245. Diversity in a team fosters innovation and produces better results since it brings a variety of viewpoints, ideas, and abilities. Still, there can be difficulties when collaborating in very varied teams. To make sure everyone is on the same page, teamwork and communication may need to be prioritized. To get beyond these obstacles and enjoy the advantages of diversity, it’s critical to create a welcoming and supporting atmosphere.

  246. Diverse teams will outperform homogenous teams in decision making because they process information more carefully as a result of individuals with different backgrounds, skills, perspectives within a team. Each and every individual will bring information and ideas which are going to enhance the performance of the team effectively and efficiently.

  247. Module 13
    Commenting on Diversities: Pros and Cons
    Anecdotal evidence suggests a positive correlation between such diversity and enhanced output, supported by the notion that varied perspectives and approaches foster innovation and comprehensive problem-solving. However, it is essential to navigate the potential disadvantages.

    A. Pros:

    1. Innovation and Creativity: Diverse teams bring together a spectrum of ideas, experiences, and approaches, fostering innovation and creativity. Different skill sets and expertise contribute to a more comprehensive exploration of solutions.

    2. Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diverse teams can tackle complex problems more effectively. Varied viewpoints lead to a deeper understanding of issues and a broader range of potential solutions.

    3. Better Decision-Making: Inclusive teams benefit from a wider array of insights, leading to more informed and robust decision-making. This diversity helps in anticipating challenges from different angles.

    4. Reflective of Society: A diverse workforce reflects the diversity of the wider society. This not only contributes to a positive corporate image but also ensures that products and services are designed with a broader audience in mind.

    B. Cons

    1. Communication Challenges: Diverse teams may face communication hurdles due to differences in language, communication styles, or cultural nuances. This can lead to misunderstandings and hinder effective collaboration.

    2. Conflict and Tension: Differences in opinions, work approaches, or cultural norms may lead to conflicts within the team. Managing and resolving these conflicts requires adept leadership.

    3. Resistance to Change:A diverse team may encounter resistance to new ideas or changes, especially if there’s a lack of inclusivity in decision-making processes. This can impede progress and hinder the implementation of innovative solutions.

  248. I believe that thoughtless optimism is likely to affect projects because from my experience when you are too optimistic to a project thereby blinding your self to thoroughly check the risk analysis then you are headed towards that project not meeting the quality you have set in the project scope.

  249. Diversity in teams and organizations can lead to various benefits, including improved problem-solving, enhanced creativity, better decision-making, and increased innovation. When teams consist of individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and expertise, they are more likely to approach tasks and challenges from multiple angles, leading to more comprehensive solutions and outcomes.

  250. Diversity in teams encompasses a wide range of factors, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, cultural background, education, experience, and personality. Here are some key points regarding diversity in teams:
    Different Perspectives: One of the most significant advantages of having a diverse team is the variety of perspectives it brings to the table. People from different backgrounds often approach problems and tasks in unique ways, which can lead to more creative solutions and innovation.
    Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diverse teams tend to be better at problem-solving because they can draw from a wider range of experiences and knowledge. This can lead to more thorough analyses of issues and the development of more effective strategies.
    Improved Communication: Working in a diverse team requires effective communication skills. Members must learn to listen actively, respect differing viewpoints, and communicate clearly to overcome language and cultural barriers. Over time, this can lead to stronger communication skills and a more cohesive team.
    Increased Adaptability: Diversity can help teams become more adaptable to change. When team members come from different backgrounds, they may be more open to new ideas and ways of working, making it easier to adjust to shifting priorities or unexpected challenges.
    Broader Market Understanding: In today’s globalized world, having a diverse team can be a significant asset when trying to understand and connect with diverse markets. Teams with members who represent different demographic groups may be better equipped to understand the needs and preferences of a diverse customer base.
    Challenges and Conflict: While diversity brings many benefits, it can also present challenges. Cultural differences, language barriers, and differing communication styles can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or conflicts within the team. Effective leadership and conflict resolution skills are essential for managing these challenges.
    Inclusive Culture: Building a truly diverse team requires more than just hiring people from different backgrounds. It also requires creating an inclusive culture where all team members feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute. This may involve implementing diversity training, fostering open dialogue, and actively addressing biases and discrimination.

  251. There is absolutely a great connection between diversity and performance. A team with greater diversity produces superior work. This is because diverse teams provide a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and skills, which may bring about more creative and innovative solutions to many challenges that may arise in the course of executing the project.

  252. Diversity in team arrangements outperforms the homogenous teams.

    At a point I was the president of my departmental association in school and the board of excos comprises of a uniquely diverse set of people.

    Different levels, mixed genders, different age grades and above all they all have different level experiences and exposure.

    Most times their approach to issues was different and together we work on several project and we achieved the deliverables. Diversity contributes more to organisational performance.

  253. In my view, diversity team will do better because of their experiences. They have opportunities to leverage on their skills and perspectives from different background. An homogenous team have some limitations.

  254. I agree that diverse teams generally outperforms homogenous teams.

    Teams with greater diversity produce more superior work.

    With diversity, people with different experiences come together and with their previous experiences, they are able to work together and tackle challenges easier and faster.

    They help increase creativity,problem solving, wider knowledge of what to do and what not to do in times of challenges. This in turn helps the project move faster with expected outcomes in play.

  255. Yes, diverse teams tend to do better work for several reasons:

    – Broader Perspective: It bring together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This diversity of thought enables them to approach problems from multiple angles and come up with innovative solutions.

    – Increased Creativity: When team members with diverse backgrounds collaborate, they bring unique ideas and insights to the table.

    – Improved Problem-Solving: Diverse teams are better equipped to tackle complex problems because they can draw on a wider range of experiences and expertise. This enables them to identify blind spots, consider various alternatives, and make better-informed decisions.

    – Enhanced Learning: Interacting with people from different backgrounds fosters a culture of continuous learning and personal growth. Team members have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives, develop empathy, and expand their skill sets.

    – Better Decision Making: Research has shown that diverse teams make better decisions. They are less prone to groupthink and are more likely to consider a wider range of viewpoints, leading to more balanced and thoughtful decision-making processes.

  256. Yes, in my experience, a diverse team produces the best result as there will be various project team members to man various aspects or phases of the projects. An homogenous team would have some loopholes in terms of finding the right person/team member to handle different roles, with too many members focusing on only one part of the project based on their similar skillset. Unless the project can allow for outsourcing of the needed skills to be filled up and delivered, an homogenous team cannot produce as much result as a diverse team would.

  257. There is always relationship between diverse and performance based on my experience, though maybe though at beginning to mix with strange members but as time passes it assists the whole team in achieving their goals timely by bringing different ideas from their individual diverse backgrounds.

  258. in my experience, there is a positive relationship between diversity and performance in teams and organizations. Diverse teams, encompassing individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. It brings several advantages. However, it’s important to note that realizing the benefits of diversity requires effective management and a commitment to fostering an inclusive environment.

    Diverse teams tend to be more innovative and creative. Different perspectives can lead to unique solutions and ideas that may not arise in more homogeneous groups.
    Diverse teams are often better at problem-solving. The variety of viewpoints enables a more thorough examination of issues, considering different angles and potential solutions.
    Diversity in a team can enhance its understanding of diverse markets and customer needs, providing a competitive advantage in today’s global and multicultural business environment.
    Diverse teams often make better decisions. The inclusion of various perspectives helps mitigate biases and leads to more comprehensive decision-making processes.

    Challenges of Highly Diverse Teams:
    Communication Barriers: Differences in communication styles, language proficiency, or cultural norms may lead to misunderstandings and communication barriers within highly diverse teams.
    Conflict and Tension: Diverse teams may experience higher levels of conflict, especially if cultural differences are not properly addressed. Conflict can arise from misunderstandings or differing approaches to work.
    Resistance to Change: Some team members may resist change, especially if they perceive that their cultural or personal norms are being challenged. This resistance can impede the adoption of new ideas or processes.

    In summary, while diversity can contribute positively to team and organizational performance, the challenges associated with managing highly diverse teams should not be overlooked. A proactive approach to inclusivity, effective communication, and addressing potential challenges head-on are crucial for realizing the benefits of diversity in the workplace.

  259. I think diversity in a project team will definitely produce superior work because the team is made up of different people with different backgrounds, skills, experiences, knowledge and culture. When these set of people come together, they brainstorm and learn from each other while putting in their best in their various fields to make sure the project is successful, maybe cos they want to show how good they are in their skill to their new team members. This bring about a healthy competition in the team. So yes, there is a connection between diversity and performance.
    But this comes with it’s own challenge. The competition between team members might become unhealthy if care is not taken, and because they really don’t know each other, there might be a problem with agreement and them communicating effectively at first cos of their diverse mentality. But this can be handled by a project manager with a good management skill.

  260. I believe that quality depends solely on the expectations of the consumer or the client those who brought forth the need for the procet or product.

  261. in my opinion it is very important to consider success criteria when you are dealing with projects that have deliverables for outcomes because no matter how great the quality of a deliverable if the success criteria is low then the project that brought forth the deliverables have all become wasted efforts.

  262. I believe that as a project manager a diverse team would be better for a project team because not only does it cause different people to work together to achieve a common goal it teaches me how to deal with diverse personalities and backgrounds and learn to help them all achieve the projects to the best of their individual abilities.

  263. Diversity in a team is a great benefit because it helps brings in variety of skills, knowledge and experience to the project.

  264. From my experience, working with a diverse team aids success because everyone comes with his/her ideas, values, experience, diverse cultural and environmental embodiments which when brainstormed on, provides better ideas and plans for project execution.
    Even when some project may require homogenous team members, the advantages of working with diverse team can not be over-emphasized as it produces more results while sharpening the team members.

  265. From my own experience, diversity enhances the opportunity for a team member to harness the in-depth knowledge that might be hidden over-time.
    However, working in highly diverse teams can also present challenges eg, communication barriers, misunderstandings and conflicts due to different cultural backgrounds, communication gestures that may arise. Diversity in a team can improve the overall productivity of the team as long as the organisation has a culture of participative leadership where everyone is allowed to say their views or opinion and their opinion is valued noting that the best ideas can be chosen among other ideas. To leverage the benefits of diversity, teams must actively address these challenges and foster an inclusive environment that values and respects each member’s contributions.

  266. Embracing diversity in team collaboration is very important. The teams gain access to a wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and creativity that can propel them to unparalleled success. Diversity increases innovation, creativity and strategic thinking because teams of people who come from different backgrounds can draw upon their unique experiences and a wider range of knowledge to spark new, innovative ideas. However, there are also some potential disadvantages that should be considered. One of the potential disadvantages of having diversity in a team is misunderstandings and conflict. When people of different backgrounds and experiences come together, there is always the potential for miscommunication and misunderstanding. This can lead to conflict and tension within the team. Another potential disadvantage of having a diverse team is that it can be more difficult to build trust and rapport. When team members come from different backgrounds and life experiences, it can be difficult to find common ground and build trust. This can make it more difficult to work together effectively.

  267. Diverse teams from experience has shown to be more effective in yielding effective results in projects because since they are coming from different background,perspectives, skills,and experiences, This diversity of perspectives and experiences led to better problem- solving and decision-making. Though they could experience some challenges which when resolved can help them bond better even allowing for each person to bring out there best skills and experience for the success of the project.

  268. Diverse teams from illustration has shown to be more effective in yielding results in projects. This is as a result of the marriage of different experience and opinion of situations, this way each member will try to impress by providing effective solutions when called upon. The downside of this is usually disagreement at some point due to different opinions but this setback does not last long as they usually fade when team settles in.

  269. Diverse cognitive teams would definitely scale better than homogenous teams because, in a diverse setting, we have people with different experiences and views of life and the corporate world coming together to achieve one goal. While this may initially cause chaos and conflict due to differences in values and ideas, in the second phase of team building, this chaos is bound to reduce to a subtle amount as the team settles.

  270. While diversity can contribute positively to team performance, it is not a guaranteed formula for success. To harness the benefits of diversity, organizations need to actively foster an inclusive culture, provide training on diversity and inclusion, and implement effective communication strategies. Recognizing and addressing challenges, such as unconscious bias and communication barriers, is crucial for creating a truly inclusive and high-performing team.
    Diverse teams, encompassing a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, have the potential to generate innovative solutions, foster creativity, and enhance problem-solving. However, the link between diversity and superior work is not automatic and depends on several factors.

  271. The relationship between diversity and performance is proportional. The higher the cognitive knowledge in terms of diversity, the better the performance which will make the project work be deliverable and good.
    There is homogeneous team and diverse team. Homogeneous team have the same background, mentality and knowledge while the diverse team are different in their thinking way, they think complex therefore they do better work and project.
    Challenges of working in diverse team is that there will be a lot of competition if care is not taken and also performing project that will not be in line with the project sponsor.

  272. diverse teams tend to perform better than homogenous teams. This is due to a few factors. First, diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and decision-making. Second, diverse teams tend to be more innovative, as they are more likely to come up with new ideas and approaches. And third, diverse teams often have higher morale, as they feel more valued and respected.

    When I was a site engineer/manager, I had to work with a diverse team of workers with different skills, backgrounds, and experiences. This diversity of perspectives and experiences led to better problem-solving and decision-making. I also had to find innovative solutions to problems that arose on the job site. Additionally, I learned that when everyone on the team feels valued and respected, morale is high, and they’re more likely to work together effectively and achieve better results.

    However, it’s important to recognize the challenges that can arise when working with a diverse team. These challenges include communication barriers, different expectations about work, and different work styles. But, I believe that the benefits of working with a diverse team outweigh

  273. diverse teams do tend to perform better than homogenous teams. There are a few reasons for this. First, diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and decision-making. Second, diverse teams tend to be more innovative, as they are more likely to come up with new ideas and approaches. And third, diverse teams often have higher morale, as they feel more valued and respected.

    First, as a site engineer/manager,it likely had to work with a diverse team of workers with different skills, backgrounds, and experiences. This diversity of perspectives and experiences likely led to better problem-solving and decision-making. Second, as a site engineer/manager, it likely had to come up with innovative solutions to problems that arose on the job site. And finally, experience likely shows that high morale leads to higher performance. When everyone on the team feels valued and respected, they’re more likely to work together effectively and achieve better results.

    Now when it comes to the challenges of working with a high diversity team, there are a few potential issues that can arise. One challenge is that there can be communication barriers if team members speak different languages or have different cultural backgrounds. Another challenge is that diverse teams can have different expectations about how work should be done, leading to conflict. And finally, diverse teams can have different work styles, which can make it difficult to find common ground. Despite these challenges, the benefits of working with a diverse team far outweigh the challenges. With effective communication and collaboration, diverse teams can be incredibly successful.only with experience how to deal with them.

  274. Role of diversity in teams cannot be over emphasized just as the homogenous team also has its roles and functions. For me both have their pros and cons. In my experience sometimes in a homogenous team this local parlance “see finish” can set in where because members of the team who might have been working together takes the other member for granted which in way may negatively impact on project delivery due to taking others for granted, however more often than non this rarely occurs if the goals and everyone’s task have been well spelt out from the onset, and this ensures seamless execution of tasks without a fuss however diversity also brings out the best in that a different angle or approach may save time cost hence diversity in team is always a welcome thing. Moreso diverse team members also bring out about spontaneity especially in a very volatile situation that is ambiguous and this can help the team to bond and also bring out the best in a project manager or the worst in delivery of the outcome of a project.

  275. I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time at University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity.

    You might discover new concepts from colleagues with different experiences. You can also learn from someone else’s mistakes, which helps you sidestep future errors. You might even learn something new about yourself
    In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly.

    Diversity of experience” is designed to recognize the unique and individual life experiences within a workforce. It addresses how the challenges and experiences a person faces might impact the opportunities they are given and the way they view and navigate the world.

    Diversity refers to the inclusion of a wide range of people from different backgrounds. Examples of diversity include gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, age, cultural, religious, and political diversity

    Many HR leaders, project managers and executives support new rules and programs aimed at promoting workplace diversity. Internal, external, organizational, and world view diversity are the four basic categories of workplace diversity.

  276. Team building is determined by the nature of the project either simple predicted, complex or complicated. The relationship between diversity and performance can be complex, as bringing together persons of diverse skills, ideas, experiences and knowledge that have not really met before and giving them the opportunity to express themselves could at the end yield positive outcomes, however they could experience some challenges though but the positive results will always prevail.

  277. I agree that diversity can have many benefits for teams and organisations, such as improved decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and innovation¹². Research also supports the positive link between diversity and financial outcomes.

    However, diversity is not a guarantee of success. It also comes with some challenges, such as communication barriers, cultural differences, and potential conflicts. To overcome these challenges, teams need to foster a climate of psychological safety, where members feel comfortable to express their opinions, ask questions, and admit mistakes without fear of being judged or punished.

    In my experience, diverse teams can do better work if they leverage their differences as a source of strength and learning, rather than a source of division and misunderstanding. This requires effective leadership, clear goals, mutual respect, and open communication.

    As a civil engineer, managing a building project, I work in a diverse team that includes people from different ethnicities, genders, ages, and professional backgrounds (architects, contractors, suppliers and vendors, other engineers, HSE, construction manager, community workers…) Diversity helped my team to understand the needs and perspectives of different communities and stakeholders. Diversity challenges me to learn new skills and knowledge from my colleagues.

  278. In my opinion, there is a connection between diversity and performance, and teams with greater diversity can produce superior work. This is because diverse teams bring a wider range of perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table, which can lead to more creative and innovative solutions. At the same time, there are some challenges that can arise when working in diverse teams. For example, communication can be more difficult, as there may be language barriers or cultural differences. Additionally, teams may experience conflict due to differing viewpoints and backgrounds. However, these challenges can be overcome with effective communication and conflict resolution strategies.

  279. In my experience, there is indeed a strong relationship between diversity and performance in teams. More diverse teams tend to bring a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, which can lead to more innovative and effective solutions. Additionally, diverse teams are often better equipped to understand and meet the needs of a diverse customer base, leading to improved performance and financial results for the organization.

    That being said, working in highly diverse teams does come with its challenges. Communication can sometimes be more complex, as team members may have different communication styles or cultural norms. Additionally, managing conflicts and ensuring that all team members feel included and valued can require more effort in diverse teams. However, I believe that these challenges can be overcome with effective communication, empathy, and a commitment to inclusivity.

    Overall, I have found that the benefits of diversity in teams far outweigh the challenges. By embracing diversity and creating an inclusive team environment, organizations can unlock the full potential of their teams and achieve greater success.

  280. Team building is determined by the nature of the project either simple predicted, complex or complicated. The relationship between diversity and performance can be complex, as bringing together persons of diverse skills, ideas, experiences and knowledge that have not really met before and giving them the opportunity to express themselves could at the end yield positive outcomes, however they could experience some challenges, such as conflicting ideas, different ethics and style, gap in communication and more, if not properly handled could hamper the outcome of the project, still the success of divers team lies in proper and effective communication and leadership style, as well as collaboration and commitment.
    For me the magnitude of the project determines the team assembly

  281. Okodi Okodi, Team 10

    Individuals possess varying capabilities, and their strengths can complement those of others in a team to achieve success. This is especially true when people come from different backgrounds and experiences.

    Diversity not only encourages competition, but also promotes openness, unity of purpose, and interdependency among team members. A team with diverse members can identify their strengths and weaknesses, and work together to overcome any challenges that may arise during a project. Each member can contribute their strongest skills to the success of the project.

    This is why teams with diverse members tend to outperform homogenous ones. Homogenous teams tend to lack flexibility and challenge, as team members operate in an environment where they all have the same level of knowledge, strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, exposure, and experience. They may not think outside the box to solve problems.

    A diverse team is more flexible, original, and hands-on, and team members tend to appreciate each other’s contributions more (thanks to interdependency) to the project.

  282. The connection between diversity and performance in a project could be a complex one.
    A diverse team could bring a variety of ideas, skills and perspective to the team which may bring about enhanced innovation, problem-solving and creativity.
    However, a diverse team can also experience challenges such as conflicting ideas, differing work ethics and styles, communication barriers and a lot of others. These, if not addressed properly may hamper on the project performance.
    With all these, however, the success of a diverse team lies on effective communication, leadership styles and collaboration strategies which leverages on the strength of each team member, alongside mitigating all potential conflicts.

  283. Diverse team makes for an interesting team because it is made up of people with varying exposure, background, skill set etc.
    Once everyone on the team has the attitude to learn, there is no limit as to what a diverse team can accomplish as they bring together their diverse experiences and skill set for project goal.

  284. Adepoju Adesina Cohort 13. Team 1

    Diversity isn’t just about compliance, it’s about unlocking the full potential of a team. When people from different ethnics collaborate together, they generate fresh solutions that drive progress.
    Diverse teams are more open-minded and willing to consider opposing ideas. This openness leads to better decision-making and a broader range of possibilities.
    While building trust among team members takes time, diverse teams learn to work together effectively. They show flexibility, supporting each other’s efforts and achieving higher levels of success. Trust is essential for a cohesive and productive team….. Working diversely may bring in some challenges… Such as: Communication I.e language barriers…… Cultural beliefs and maybe religious beliefs.

  285. Cohort 13 Team 1
    Diversity and Performance
    Having a diverse team brings together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, skill set, perspectives, different approach to solving problems and less social cohesion.
    The performance ratio will be high in that the diversity of skills, knowledge and cognitive abilities of the team will result in better result and output.
    There are of course challenges in a diverse project team:
    – Communication, issue of language barrier
    – Conflict: which could arise due to different ideas and approaches to solving problem
    – Cultural or ethic: people with same culture may tend to bias/favour each other and against others.
    These challenges should be expected and a good project manager should be flexible and be a people person to create channels to cater or erase them.

  286. A Team diversity brings forth a high sense of creativity and innovation. It also encourages a collaborative perspective and open-mindedness with ideas, dependency and relatability to accomplish the project

  287. Team diversity brings forth a high sense of creativity and innovation. It also encourages a collaborative perspective and open-mindedness with ideas, dependency and relatability. Being able to perform in one’s expertise brings about increased employee loyalty and morale as well as improved productivity and problem-solving through collaborations.

  288. Therr is unity they say in diversity.

    once united by a common goal, a diverse team tend to do well because each specialist in it’s own expertise creating a fine and refined sense of purpose.

    Yes, in all ramification and with better management, teams with great diversity do better.

  289. Diverse team members brings on board diverse knowledge and solutions which helps to bring about solutions.Embracing diversity also help other team memebers to know more about ways of doing things.

  290. Akinmoye Segun Wilson Cohort 13, team 2

    Diversity and performance

    The success of an organisation is dependent on inflow of creative ideas. Therefore ,the more people from different works of life and backgrounds comes together, the more ideas are generated. So diversity in an organisation brings uptima performance. Thus, adopting diversity management and diverse workforce inside organization, will create a behavior to add several traits that will enhance the organizational performance by adapting the current work environment to the future work plan.
    So to answer the question, diverse team do better work .

    Challenges of working in a highly diverse teams:
    1. Communication barriers:
    2. Bias: people tends to favour their kind
    3. Discrimination : the more diverse team you have, the more the discrimination and bias.
    4. Ethics and cultural differences
    5. Lack of inclusivity: Some team member tends to be excluded from important things

  291. Team diversity is a great way to bring all team members together and be active. No one will be left behind since it is expected everyone’s idea/input is necessary to achieving team goal.…. Diverse team therefore have a high success rate.

  292. A diverse team brings together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and problem-solving approaches.

  293. Embracing diversity isn’t just about compliance, it’s about unlocking the full potential of a team. When people from different walks of life collaborate, they generate fresh solutions that drive progress.
    Diverse teams are more open-minded and willing to consider opposing ideas. This openness leads to better decision-making and a broader range of possibilities.
    While building trust among team members takes time, diverse teams learn to work together effectively. They show flexibility, supporting each other’s efforts and achieving higher levels of success. Trust is essential for a cohesive and productive team.

  294. A diverse workforce brings together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and problem-solving approaches.

    This diversity of thought fosters creativity and leads to innovative solutions.
    Diverse teams are more likely to generate fresh ideas and develop unique approaches to challenges.

    Diversity, when combined with psychological safety and shared understanding, enhances teamwork, and leads to improved performance.
    By creating an environment where team members feel safe to express themselves and fostering shared understanding, teams can tap into the full potential of their diverse members.

  295. Teams with greater diversity have the potential to produce superior work due to the variety of perspectives, experiences, and ideas they bring to the table.
    However challenges such as communication barrier, social cohesion, decision making complexity can arise due to the large team members.

  296. Working with a highly diversified team, has its potentials, in the sense that everyone onboard the team, do their best to bring out the best in them, so as not to be seen as responsible for any failure that may arise, which is quite good for the overall success of the team task.
    but ,on the contrary, its not so easy to achieve, the success still lies with the core task of a project manager, which is the ability to create a suitable condition for the project team to interact, communicate and collaborate. Where any of these key ingredients are lacking, the project might suffer a huge setback.
    indeed there is a connection between diversity and performance, as i earlier stated. Personally, i believe the project size, scope, complexity, time, budget, and risk, will or should be a determinant, for a team to be homogenous or heterogenous in composition.

  297. As the name implies, diversity means the combination of different background, ideas, logic and exposure.
    Diverse teams outperforms homogenous teams because of the exposure, experience, value, ideas and innovations that diverse team may bring. Diverse team is the merge of different people with different perspectives and ideas to achieve a common goal.

    There’s a connection between diversity and performance: This is because there’s a group of specialized team ready to achieve a set objectives/goal.

  298. Do you see a connection between diversity and performance? Do teams with greater diversity produce superior work? Additionally, what challenges arise when working in highly diverse teams?

    Diversity in team improved decision-making:
    Teams with diverse members tend to make better decisions. They avoid groupthink and benefit from a broader range of insights.
    Diverse teams challenge assumptions and encourage critical thinking, resulting in well-rounded choices.

    Diversity enhances creativity and problem-solving
    Diverse teams bring together individuals with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. This diversity fosters creativity and encourages innovative solutions to complex problems.

    Increased Adaptability:
    Diverse teams adapt more effectively to changing circumstances. Their varied skills and perspectives enable them to navigate challenges and seize opportunities

    Possible challenges associated with team with diversity in project team:

    Communication Barriers:
    Diverse teams may face language differences, cultural nuances, and varying communication styles. Misunderstandings can hinder collaboration and productivity.
    Overcoming these barriers requires active listening, empathy, and clear communication channels.
    Conflict and Tension:
    Diverse teams may experience conflicts arising from differing opinions, values, or approaches. These conflicts can impact team dynamics and morale.
    Effective conflict resolution strategies are essential to maintain a positive work environment.

    Project Managers must actively create an inclusive environment and address any exclusionary behaviors.

    Summarily, diversity in teams offers lots of benefits, addressing challenges through effective communication, conflict resolution, and inclusion efforts is essential for maximizing their potential.

  299. APM acknowledges that diverse teams generally outperform homogeneous ones. This correlation is increasingly evident in the performance and financial outcomes of organizations.
    Does this align with your personal experience?
    Yes it aligns

    In a previous section, you explored exceptional and high-performing teams. Based on your own observations, do you see a connection between diversity and performance?
    Yes, diversity in this case means people who might not know each other or have been working together. But the truth is that they have different experience and know how, we have different ways or perspective of doing a task which bring about great performance. Though at the storming stage, there could be issue since this people don’t know anything about themselves, but on the long run it all works out.

    Do teams with greater diversity produce superior work?
    Not like they produce superior work in that word, but experiences are available to create a tested result.

    Additionally, what challenges arise when working in highly diverse teams?
    Tensions which provokes disagreement on how to achieve a task, but the project manager can work this out.

  300. based on passed experience from different project i have been involved in directly or indirectly, diverse team tend to be more effective and performed greatly. as diversity comes with diverse ideas and expertise to team.

    so if this strength is well utilized it will always outperform homogenous teams.

  301. Diversity in a team tends to be of great advantage as it provides focus as a result of lack of distraction that may be cause by homogenesity.
    Another point of view is that is the fact that diversity opens door for different idea.
    But the disadvantage is that the leader tends not to know the strength and weaknesses of the team

  302. Diverse teams are very productive in my opinion because these are people with different skills and experience who will be able to bring different ideas to the team. Diversity would give room for more better options in carrying out a task.

  303. Based on research and practical experience, there is indeed a recognized correlation between diversity and team performance. More diverse teams often bring a broader range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better decision-making. Additionally, diverse teams tend to be more adaptable and better equipped to understand and serve diverse customer bases or stakeholders.

    However, while diversity can bring numerous benefits, it also presents challenges. Communication barriers may arise due to differences in language, communication styles, or cultural norms. Misunderstandings and conflicts may occur if team members hold implicit biases or stereotypes about each other. Additionally, managing diverse teams requires inclusive leadership to ensure that all voices are heard and valued, and that everyone feels a sense of belonging.

    Overall, while diversity can enhance team performance, it requires intentional efforts to foster inclusivity and overcome challenges associated with differences in order to fully realize its potential benefits

  304. diverse teams are better in my opinion because these are people with different skills and experience who will be able to add positive inputs to the team. They wont be biased

  305. A diverse team is more valuable because it allows for a wider range of viewpoints and perspectives. This enriches the project and ensures that the team meets expectations and delivers results that are expected of them. On the other hand, diversity can occasionally be the cause of excessive and frequently needless disagreements as well as obstacles to consensus and cooperation, which can cause delays and waste of resources. To prevent getting sidetracked, it is crucial to play to each member’s strengths and always keep the group’s objective at fore front.

  306. Firstly, one need to consider how large an organization is and the financial strength of the organization. Hence, a diverse team works well in a larger organization where individuals with a variety of skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives relevant to completing the project within the given time. But language barrier as well as cultural diversity may sometimes arises as challenges while working in a highly diverse team.

  307. Team diversity is a great way to bring all hands on deck. No one will be left behind since it is expected everyone’s idea/input is necessary to achieving team goal. All team members will be dedicated as team success depends on everyone giving his all…. Diverse team therefore have a high success rate.

  308. When you have people with different diverse knowledge, experience and expertise, no matter how hard, uneasy and uncertain the issues or situation is, you would have someone on the team who has knowledge of what to do and with this it helps make everyone work together, bringing out their unique experiences and knowledge for them to explore and achieve the same goal with no distractions
    In conclusion, the team with more diverse members produce superior work

  309. According to Wikipedia, Diversity, equity, and inclusion are organizational frameworks which seek to promote “the fair treatment and full participation of all people”, particularly groups “who have historically been underrepresented or subject to discrimination” based on identity or disability.
    The video on the lifeboat demonstrates the impact of a diverse team in responding to emergencies and perhaps unpredictable situations. The team was able to gain access to a wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and creativity from their different background. What is critical to their success is the fact that they have individually received relevant training, and skills necessary for the missions and they were able to harness their innovative skill through enhanced communication
    Some key benefits of diversity in project teams are:
    • They are instruments of growth and transformation.
    • It unlocks a wealth of ability and better problem-solving capability
    • Diverse teams are more productive and perform better because of their range of experience, expertise, and working methods.
    • Diverse teams allow individuals to actively participate in the project and this increases engagement and performance across the team the individuals in the team feel more motivated to reach the group and holistic goals of the project
    • it enables a smarter decision-making process
    • It could lead to an increase in profits and productivity
    • Reduced rates of employee turnover.
    • Improved reputation for the project organization
    • Exhibits fairness and identifies potential bias.
    • It recognizes all employees equally, no matter their culture, gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, educational background, experience level, expertise, etc.
    • It enables global-level Competition and Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Despite the above, diversity tends to lead to Short-Term Cost Outflow and difficulty in transitioning.

  310. I equally believe diverse teams do better as the cognitive diversity proves to be a huge benefit as brain storming becomes easier and solutions are proffered easily. Also, experience had taught me that people of low social cohesion achieve huge success as it aids in ensuring checks and balances, likewise a team of high levels of social or identity diversity.

    Inasmuch the benefits of diverse teams are enormous, challenges also come to play as sentiments relating to tribe, age etc. can set in from the unscrupulous ones.

  311. In my experience, what makes a great team is a combination of individuals with divers knowledge and expertise. The reason for this is that no matter how volatile and uncertain the situation can be, you can be sure to have someone on the team with knowledge on what to do, and this helps in easy collaboration with other team members.

  312. Diversity in my opinion is a great advantage when forming a formidable team. From experience, the rich pool of ideas and perspectives to draw from can build the team members and even assure a successful completion to the project as a whole.

    The obvious drawback of miscommunication falls within the purview of the project manager to deal with; noting that a less diverse or homogeneous may also encounter similar hurdles of friction and incompatibility.

  313. The relationship between diversity and performance is not solid. Although individual skills and capabilities may result in quality output because team members possess wide range of skills and ideas but there could be a risk of miscommunication because of unfamiliarity among team members.

  314. The possible risks of assigning someone with less experience to handle a task is the person. mishandling that task and causing loss for the company

    1. OHAEGBULAM CHIKAODI PRECIOUS
      Cohort 13 team 10
      Following what we have read, diverse companies perform better, especially if the organisation’s leadership is diverse.
      Diversity in a project is very key and important. Diversity brings a lot of benefits to a project, such as better financial results, access to talent, innovation and it improves problem solving. Diversity in a project can create better performance amongst the team.
      Diverse teams in a project generate more innovative solutions and are more productive and performs better in a project. Diversity increases productivity and more productive workforce translates to higher profits. Diversity in a project brings more creativity.
      Challenges may occur when working in diverse approach. There could be communication barriers. Which means speaking different languages when working in a group can be difficult and complex. There may be Discrimination. As your workforce becomes more diverse, you may experience more bias, Discrimination and harassment. At can be tough to manage intimidation between employees. Cultural clashes may occur when working with people that don’t share same values or have different opinions. Cultural misunderstandings when you blend people from various cultures. Conducting training which is very vital to promoting workplace diversity. Teams need to be helpful and cooperative with each other.

  315. Teams with more diverse members produce superior work. Diverse teams have more variety in terms of skills, knowledge, and experience, which helps them adapt better to problems and come up with innovative solutions. They also bring different perspectives, which help teams make better decisions. Diversity is an important factor in team performance. By recognizing and appreciating the different perspectives and skills that each team member brings, teams can have higher achievements.
    Members of the team are from deferent background and have different skills. They bring their diverse knowledge, experience, skills together and do something great to achieve the goal of the organization. Both of them will focus on the vision and goal to the maximum without social conflicts. And since they are diverse everyone is unique and through that there will be a mutual enrichment and will support each other and firstly focus on the project’s business with a competitive mind of effectiveness and efficiency.
    Communication barriers can occur when team members have different cultural backgrounds or speak different languages. Additionally, in-group bias can happen when people with similar backgrounds oppose decisions or suggestions made by other team members. However, these issues can be overcome by adopting the right approach. For instance, providing language training for team members who speak different languages and promoting open communication channels can help overcome communication barriers. Encouraging all team members to share their opinions, and actively listening to other perspectives helps avoid group bias.

  316. Being part of this diverse team is like adding a whole palette of colors to our project canvas. We’re a bunch of individuals coming from different walks of life, bringing our unique experiences and knowledge to the table. And you know what? It’s like a creative explosion of ideas – true innovation!

    So, here’s the scoop: I volunteer with this mental health NGO, and we’re on a mission to help people stay away from drugs and substance misuse. Our team is pretty diverse, with folks having different jobs, interests, and outlooks on life. But the one thing that unites us is our passion for promoting mental stability.

    Now, being part of the decision-making crew, we figured out a cool way to make things happen. We started brainstorming projects that resonate with our diverse backgrounds and tie them back to mental health. For example, one team member who’s into skating came up with the idea of a skating event as a way to keep folks away from drugs. We called it Skatement – a mashup of skate and mental. It’s been a hit, and we’re proud of our innovative spin on things.

    But, here’s the flip side. Sometimes, getting everyone on the same page can be a bit tricky. Communicating your angle, making others see why it’s crucial for the organization’s goals, well, that can be a challenge. People might get skeptical. So, we’ve learned to be a bit more careful in our approach, using loads of soft skills to keep the team ship sailing smoothly.

    Sure, there are hurdles, but hey, the beauty of diverse thinking is totally worth it. It’s what makes our projects pop and adds that extra spark to what we’re doing. Teamwork can be a wild ride, but with a bit of finesse, we turn challenges into victories.

  317. From my experience, having a diverse team with individuals of varying experience and points of view provides an opportunity for rich content and execution of projects.

  318. In my opinion, having a diverse team is a great start, as this will bring about different views of what is obtainable from each perspective, plus everyone is working towards achieving the same goal and there’s always minimal distraction.

  319. Diversity in a team is a valuable asset, as things are seen from various perspectives, and different views and perceptions from team members enriches the project and helps the team deliver efficiently and meet the expectations set. Conversely, diversity at times can be the source of too much and often unnecessary arguments and difficulties to agree and come together, which can lead to delays, time and resources wastage. It is therefore important to capitalise on each member’s strengths and have the common goal always in mind and at heart to avoid any distraction from the objective.

  320. In my own opinion I believe a diverse team easily in skills and knowledge is likely to do better. This is because of the following :
    Everyone does or concentrates on a different thing, no clashes
    Everyone feels needed
    Everyone brings experience needed thus contribution is felt.
    The downside, will be if norms and working rule are not set/standard, language barriers, diversity in working styles and communication may highly affect outcomes.

  321. From my personal experience, having a diverse project team certainly brings more to the table than a more homogenous one due to the fact that the project members come from different departments, fields and have different experiences, which could be extremely vital for the work at hand. In the same vein, highly diverse teams possess the strongholds of lack of cohesion and balance, which highlights the role of the project manager. Naturally, a lack of similar background and knowledge amongst the team members means that the project manger needs to outline to each member their specific roles and responsibilities, which pertain to their strengths, not their weaknesses.

  322. Assigning tasks to less experienced members of the team can bring both risks and benefits:

    Benefits:

    Assigning responsibilities to less experienced team members offers great chances for skill development and professional progress. It enables individuals to obtain practical experience, learn from their failures, and gain confidence in their talents.

    Less experienced team members may provide fresh perspectives and unique ideas, challenging the existing quo and bringing new insights to the table. This can result in more innovative issue solving and decision-making processes.

    Increased Engagement and Motivation: Being assigned important work can boost the motivation and engagement of less experienced team members. It affirms their contributions to the team and instills a sense of responsibility and accountability for their job.

    Risks:

    Quality and Accuracy: Less experienced team members may lack the skills or knowledge required to accomplish jobs at the same level as their more experienced colleagues. This could lead to errors or poor outcomes, thereby affecting the overall quality of work.
    Time and Resources: Delegating responsibilities to less experienced members may necessitate more time and resources for training, supervision, and assistance. This could put a burden on the team’s resources and reduce production, particularly if deadlines are tight.

    chance of Failure: Delegating complicated or crucial duties to less experienced team members increases the chance of failure or blunders, which can have serious ramifications for the project or business.

  323. Building trust and enabling team members to discover their capabilities are essential aspects of fostering a high-performing team. Here are some ideas for achieving these goals:

    1. Set Clear Goals and Expectations: Clearly define the team’s objectives, roles, and responsibilities to ensure that everyone understands what is expected of them. This clarity helps build trust by establishing a shared understanding of the team’s purpose and direction.
    2. Provide Opportunities for Feedback: Regular feedback sessions allow team members to share their observations, offer constructive criticism, and recognize each other’s strengths. This helps build trust by demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement and mutual support.
    3.Lead by Example: Leaders play a crucial role in building trust within a team. Lead by example by demonstrating integrity, transparency, and accountability in your actions. Show vulnerability by admitting mistakes and seeking input from team members.
    4. Invest in Team Building Activities: Organize team-building activities that promote collaboration, communication, and camaraderie among team members. These activities can range from social outings to problem-solving exercises designed to strengthen bonds and build trust.

    High-performing teams develop trust via shared experiences, mutual respect, and camaraderie. Team members help each other grow and develop, celebrate victories together, and face problems as a cohesive team. Leaders play an important role in building trust by creating a supportive and inclusive atmosphere in which team members feel valued and empowered to reach their full potential.
    Poor-performing teams face trust challenges due to communication failures, lack of accountability, and interpersonal disputes. Trust is eroded when team members feel excluded, silenced, or unsupported. In such teams, there may be a lack of clarity about goals and expectations, resulting in confusion and frustration. Without trust, individuals prioritize self-preservation over group success, resulting in poor collaboration and team performance.

  324. Diversity is important in project management. diversity helps the project managers to achieve their goals faster, diversity helps to make the job effective and smooth because its gives room for each team member to bring in their suggestion, creative ideals, skills, connection, experience ,perspectives ,knowledge among others relevant to completing the project. diversity helps the team members to be self determined, diversity takes a short period of time because everyone in the team is working on their path.

  325. Indeed, there is a considerable body of evidence supporting the notion that diverse teams tend to outperform homogeneous ones in various aspects. Much as it comes with its merits, there are some demerits also associated with it. The idea is that a PM needs to consciously work towards maximizing its merits while ensuring that the demerits are reduced to the barest minimum.
    Here are some of the merits I have observed for my working on one or more projects in my career.

    1.Improved Decision-Making: Diverse teams often make better decisions because they consider a wider range of perspectives and potential outcomes. This can lead to more thorough analysis and better risk assessment, resulting in more effective decision-making processes.
    2. Better Adaptation to Change: In today’s fast-paced and dynamic business environment, the ability to adapt to change is crucial for success. Diverse teams are often more adaptable because they can draw upon a broader range of experiences and perspectives to respond to new challenges and opportunities.
    3. Enhanced Problem-Solving: Diversity fosters a more robust exchange of ideas and encourages members to challenge assumptions and think critically. This can lead to more thorough problem-solving processes and better outcomes.
    4.Broad Perspective and Creativity: Diverse teams bring together individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This diversity can lead to more innovative solutions to problems and increased creativity. When people from different backgrounds come together, they bring unique ideas and approaches to the table, enriching the team’s problem-solving capabilities.

    Here are of the demerits observed:
    1. Bias and Stereotypes: Unconscious bias and stereotypes can influence perceptions and interactions within diverse teams, potentially undermining collaboration and cohesion. It’s crucial for team members to be aware of their biases and committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable work environment.
    2. Conflict and Tension: Diversity can sometimes lead to conflicts or tensions within a team, particularly if there are significant differences in values, beliefs, or working styles. It’s essential for team leaders to facilitate open and respectful dialogue to address and resolve conflicts constructively.

  326. It is quite beneficial to have heterogeneous Team in project management. This is because project performance in diversity comes with a great result. Where you have diversified Team members bringing wonderful ideas on the table over a particular project from different backgrounds and perspectives. This brings beauty and effective performance in a project as well as effective delivery.

  327. Project performance and diversity are significant factors in project management. This is because team members can debate various viewpoints that can help the project because of their differences.
    These monopolies are monotonous and reserved; any organization that wishes to expand will promote and encourage diversity. Team members reflect on whether a project will be accepted, which is vital to the accomplishment of any project.

  328. In my experience and based on research findings, there is indeed a strong correlation between diversity and team performance. More diverse teams tend to bring a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and problem-solving approaches to the table, which can lead to more innovative solutions and better decision-making processes.

    In the realm of immagency manuscript development for Covid-19, the urgency of the situation necessitated the swift formation of multidisciplinary project teams. These teams typically comprised individuals from various backgrounds, including epidemiologists, virologists, public health experts, clinicians, communication specialists, policymakers, and community representatives.

    The diverse composition of these teams proved invaluable in several ways:

    1. Varied Perspectives: Different team members brought unique insights and perspectives to the table, enabling comprehensive discussions and analyses of the emerging disease.

    2. Holistic Understanding: The inclusion of individuals from diverse backgrounds ensured a holistic understanding of the disease, its impacts, and the appropriate strategies for addressing it. For instance, clinicians provided firsthand insights into patient care needs, while communication specialists helped tailor messaging for different audiences.

    3. Innovative Solutions: The diverse skill sets and experiences within the team fostered the generation of innovative solutions for manuscript development, educational material creation, and dissemination strategies.

    However, working in highly diverse teams also presented its own set of challenges:

    1. Communication Barriers: Differences in language, terminology, and communication styles could sometimes lead to misunderstandings or misinterpretations within the team.

    2. Cultural Differences: Cultural nuances and practices could influence decision-making processes and team dynamics, requiring sensitivity and understanding from all members.

    3. Coordination and Alignment: Ensuring alignment and coordination among team members with diverse priorities, timelines, and objectives required proactive management and clear communication channels.

    Despite these challenges, the success of the project stemmed from effective leadership, open communication, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to the common goal of developing educative material on Covid-19. Through collaborative efforts, the team was able to navigate complexities, capitalize on diversity-driven advantages, and ultimately deliver impactful outcomes to address the urgent needs of the global community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  329. Diversity among a project team will enhance effective communication, it gives room for sharing broad knowledge from individuals of different race, ideas and backgrounds. This improves the level of efficiency among the team.

  330. Diverse teams in a project consist of individuals with different skills and expertise. These individuals come together to make things work perfectly and timely. However, team members must be specialised in their various roles and with high levels of experience for greater performance.
    More diverse teams do better work because each individual try to bring out the best in them to achieve a great outcome.
    But are usually faced with challenges such that when everyone is only specialised in what they do, it is difficult to detect a mistake from another. Mistakes are bound to happen. When a mistake occurs from the part of a team member, it’s unnoticed by others and so correction won’t be made. This may hinder the success of the project which early detection of errors would have solved.

  331. I will agree to the fact that ensuring all team members feel valued, included, and heard can be challenging in highly diverse teams. It requires proactive efforts to promote inclusivity, build trust, and create a supportive team environment.
    Decision-Making Dynamics: Managing decision-making processes in diverse teams can be complex, as different cultural backgrounds and communication styles may influence how decisions are made and implemented. It’s important to establish clear processes for decision-making and ensure that all voices are heard and considered.

  332. I have discovered that people who know themselves too well may not work well together. They could be overly familiar and general underperforming, but there is a high need for compassion and sympathy. Diversity does influence performance.

    – Chijioke Obioma, Team 5, Cohort 13

  333. The relationship between diversity and performance is complex and there is no simple answer. However, there is some evidence that teams that are more diverse in terms of race, gender, age, or other characteristics may perform better than homogeneous teams. This may be because diverse teams bring different perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to more creative solutions and better decision-making. Of course, simply having a diverse team is not enough – the team also needs to be able to communicate effectively and work together.

    One of the biggest challenges of working in a highly diverse team is overcoming the communication barriers that can arise. For example, team members may have different cultural backgrounds or use different languages, which can make it difficult to understand each other. Even if everyone speaks the same language, there may be differences in communication styles, which can lead to misunderstandings. Another challenge is ensuring that all team members feel included and valued, and that their perspectives are heard and respected. This can be especially difficult if there are cultural or power differences within the team.

  334. Yeah there’s a relationship between diversity and performance because when you are diverse with what you are doing it will bring in more difference performance better than before.
    More diverse team do better work together.
    Competitive and all

  335. WilliamsOk Cohort 13, Team 10

    From experience, it is obvious that there is a positive correlation between diversity and performance because diverse teams and organizations seem to be more creative, productive, and innovative leading to better business outcomes and improved performance. This is because diversity brings together different perspectives, experiences, and ideas, fostering a competitive advantage

    Some of the challenges of Working in highly diverse teams are: communication barriers and misunderstandings. Difficulty in finding common ground. Possibility of feeling uncomfortable or out of one’s comfort zone.
    However, it’s important to note that these challenges are summutable with effective leadership.

  336. Diversity in the project team will bring people from different specializations, cultures, and races together. This will help to increase productivity, excellence, and interest in the project.

  337. Based on my personal experience, I have observed a clear connection between diversity and the performance of teams. Teams with greater diversity tend to produce superior work due to a broader range of perspectives, ideas, and problem-solving approaches. Diversity fosters creativity, innovation, and adaptability, leading to more robust decision-making and better outcomes. However, challenges may arise in highly diverse teams, such as communication barriers, differing cultural norms, and conflicting viewpoints. Effective leadership, inclusive practices, and a commitment to understanding and respecting diverse perspectives are essential for overcoming these challenges and harnessing the benefits of diversity.

  338. Working with diverse teams yield more positive results. From my experience, diverse teams comes together to bring sound ideas and problem solving skills gained from experiences in the past

  339. Base on my observation, I will agree that working with a diverse team yields more positive outcomes.
    From my experience, I once worked as a Program coordinator under the team of a Project Manager, our team can be termed as a diverse team because we all came from different environments, different ideology and theories.
    Even though starting up as a diverse team at times might be faced with the challenges of a storming period but the moment the period is been crossed over to the morning phase, it always yield positivity and energy. Because in a diverse team, different way forwards which will yield to the positive completion of the project will be gathered and it will impact the project to move faster and work with the Sprint kind of speed.
    I strongly believe that there is a strong connection between diversity and high positive rate of performance.

  340. In my experience, it is best to have a diverse team with the best brains with individual specialisation and overlapping knowledge among the team members, this has a very high ROI than a homogeneous team that may find it difficult to work outside his/her field of specialisation.

  341. I will agree that a diverse team will produce a better and higher output compared to a homogenous team.This is because,they will bring variety of problem solving skills,expertise and experiences in order to make the project a success.
    Unlike a homogenous team that is mostly predictable.
    Both have their downsides.When there is very high cognitive diversity,the team members may find it difficult understanding each other or having unhealthy competitions .
    The homogenous team may be able to work together with better understanding.
    However,whether a homogenous or diverse team,the project manager is responsible for making the team members work out their differences,understand the project and it’s goals in order to have a better outcome.

    1. Diverse teams bring together individuals with varied perspectives, skills, and backgrounds, which can lead to enhanced creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. Different viewpoints can foster more robust decision-making processes and contribute to a richer and more dynamic work environment. However, the effectiveness of diverse teams depends on various factors.
      communication barriers
      conflict and misalignment
      unconscious bias

      Diverse teams can offer numerous benefits, addressing these challenges requires a commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful environment. Leadership plays a crucial role in promoting diversity and ensuring that team members work cohesively towards common goals.

  342. Based on my observations, I do believe that there is a connection between diversity and team performance. In my own little knowledge, teams that are more diverse tend to be more creative and innovative, and they are often better at solving complex problems. This is likely because diverse teams bring a variety of perspectives and ideas to the table, which can lead to better decision-making and more effective solutions.However, it’s also true that diversity can present challenges for teams. For example, communication can be more difficult when team members come from different backgrounds and have different communication styles. Additionally, conflict may arise when team members have different values or priorities. To overcome these challenges, it’s important for team leaders to create an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and respected. It’s also important to promote open communication and to help team members develop effective conflict resolution skills.

  343. In my experience of working with people and teams, I have come to believe that teams with more diverse members produce superior work. Diverse teams have more variety in terms of skills, knowledge, and experience, which helps them adapt better to problems and come up with innovative solutions. They also bring different perspectives, which help teams make better decisions.

    Of course, there may be challenges that arise from diversity. Communication barriers can occur when team members have different cultural backgrounds or speak different languages. Additionally, in-group bias can happen when people with similar backgrounds oppose decisions or suggestions made by other team members. However, these issues can be overcome by adopting the right approach. For instance, providing language training for team members who speak different languages and promoting open communication channels can help overcome communication barriers. Encouraging all team members to share their opinions, and actively listening to other perspectives helps avoid in-group bias.

    Overall, in my experience, diversity is a crucial factor in team performance. By recognizing and appreciating the different perspectives and skills that each team member brings, teams can achieve great things.

  344. I firmly believe that teams with greater diversity inevitably produce superior work. In my experience working with people and teams, I have seen that diversity is the spice that adds value to many things. It leads to enhanced adaptability and innovation, better problem-solving methods, and a broader perspective to make better decisions.

    Of course, there may be challenges that arise from diversity, such as communication barriers or in-group bias, where people with similar backgrounds may oppose decisions or suggestions made by other team members. But with the right approach, these challenges can be overcome, and the benefits of diversity can be fully realized.

  345. Yes, there is a strong relationship between diversity and performance in teams. Research has consistently shown that more diverse teams tend to perform better and achieve superior outcomes compared to less diverse teams. Here are some reasons why:

    Diverse Perspectives: In diverse teams, members bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to the table. This diversity of thought enables more creative problem-solving, innovative ideas, and better decision-making.

    Improved Problem-Solving: Diversity fosters a culture of critical thinking and open-mindedness, leading to more thorough and effective problem-solving processes. Different viewpoints challenge assumptions and encourage thorough examination of all possible solutions.

    Enhanced Innovation: Diversity stimulates creativity and innovation by exposing team members to a wider range of ideas and approaches. When people with diverse perspectives collaborate, they are more likely to generate novel solutions and breakthrough innovations.

    Better Decision-Making: Diverse teams are less susceptible to groupthink and are more likely to consider a broader range of options when making decisions. This diversity of perspectives helps mitigate biases and ensures decisions are more well-rounded and informed.

    However, working in highly diverse teams also presents challenges:

    Communication Barriers: Differences in communication styles, languages, and cultural norms can lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations, hindering effective collaboration and teamwork.

    Conflict Resolution: Cultural differences and varying opinions may sometimes lead to conflicts within diverse teams. It’s essential to have strategies in place for resolving conflicts constructively and fostering a culture of respect and understanding.

    Integration and Inclusion: Ensuring that all team members feel valued, included, and heard can be challenging in highly diverse teams. It requires proactive efforts to promote inclusivity, build trust, and create a supportive team environment.

    Decision-Making Dynamics: Managing decision-making processes in diverse teams can be complex, as different cultural backgrounds and communication styles may influence how decisions are made and implemented. It’s important to establish clear processes for decision-making and ensure that all voices are heard and considered.

    Overall, while diverse teams offer numerous benefits in terms of performance and innovation, addressing the challenges of diversity requires proactive efforts to foster effective communication, resolve conflicts, promote inclusivity, and leverage the strengths of all team members.

  346. Diversity in a project management team allows for a broader, deeper and more innovative approach to problems. Diverse teams are able to comprehensively understand challenges and develop creative solutions that meet the needs of the project.

  347. Yes, because diverse teams focus more on facts and process them more carefully than homogeneous teams. diversity triggers more careful information processing and, more questions.

  348. True, more diverse teams with diverse skills set and expertise translates into results and project success once carefully and meaningfully utilized. However this might at times depend on the task ahead of them in the project.

  349. Yes, I can say teams with greater diversity produce superior work. Although its not an outright guarantee I must say. But with my little experience with life and working with people and teams, I have seen that diversity is the spice to many things. There is improved adaptability and innovations, better problem-solving methods, and a broad view of things to make better decisions.
    Challenges that may arise from diversity could be communication barriers or in-group bias that may arise from people with similar backgrounds standing or opposing decisions or suggestions made by other team members.

  350. Team Diversity in PM relates to differences in expertise, professions, skills, abilities and knowledge and experience amongst project team members. In a complex world of today where innovations and technology are dynamic, a project team needs to be diversified so as to tend to focus more on the project which bring more productivity to meet up with the project’s.

  351. A diverse team tends to work better has it’s a group of people with different skills and background, social interaction is zero in a diverse team as there is little or no familiarity among them, they tend to focus more on the project which bring more productivity.

  352. Team Diversity in PM relates to differences in expertise, professions, skills, abilities and knowledge and experience amongst project team members. In a complex world of today where innovations and technology are dynamic, a project team needs to be diversified so as to meet up with the project’s expectations: this cannot be overemphasized.

    A diverse project team tends to be more successful when compared with a homogeneous project team. For instance, I was part of a project team who successfully reclaimed a piece of land for a multi-national oil and gas firm in Nigeria after several other project teams have tried and failed. one of the key attributes that made the difference was the different skillsets in our team. Whenever we were faced with turbulent and complex situations the entire team would come together for a brainstorming session where we would argue and debate issues. But in the end, we would always overcome the challenges.

    This is not to say that a homogeneous team is completely not productive but a dynamic team would produce same result better and faster. Some of the positives of a diversified team are: Diversity in knowledge, expertise in unique areas or field, ability to brainstorm and exchange knowledge and skills, etc.

    Thank you.

  353. based on my observation a diverse team work better that the homogeneous team because when members of the team are from deferent background and have different skills. they bring their diverse knowledge, experience, skills together and do something great to achieve the goal of the organization. both of them will focus on the vision and goal to the maximum without social conflicts. and since they are diverse everyone is unique and through that there will be a mutual enrichment and will support each other and firstly focus on the project’s business with a competitive mind of effectiveness and efficiency

  354. A diverse team is a group of individuals with different backgrounds and skills that works together as a team to achieve a company goals. They might differ in background, ability, hierarchy, knowledge, moral beliefs e.t.c.
    Diverse teams tend to be smarter than homogeneous teams:they often think more logically, are more creative and are more adept at identifying errors in thinking, because they are so many different opinions from people of different backgrounds.
    The connection between diversity and performance is a moderate level to boost the competitive edge, whereas greater level of gender diversity reduce organizational performance.
    The challenges are communication, hierrachy , discrimination, lack of patience for one another, slower decision making e.t.c

  355. When considering the formation of team members, often times, familiarity is not a yardstick to measure how well a team will perform. so far every team member speaks the same language, diversity should not be an issue. As a matter of fact, most successful projects are done by team members who hardly know one another prior to the project. This method is usually adopted by most organizations as it helps every member to focus mainly on the task assigned to them. Being familiar to a project member sometimes can lead to delay in the delivery of the project as members can sometimes take this as an opportunity to relax and not be up and doing. Hence, diversity most times is very much needed in forming a project team for the effectiveness of every team member and avoidance of distractions.

  356. A diverse team is a group of individuals with different backgrounds and skills that works together as a team to achieve a company goals. They might differences regarding age, ability, nationality, ethnicity, religious backgrounds e.t.c.
    Diverse teams tend to be smarter than homogeneous teams:they often think more logically, are more creative and are more adept at identifying errors in thinking.
    The connection between diversity and performance is the moderate level of gender diversity boost the competitive edge, whereas greater level of gender diversity reduce organizational performance.
    The challenges are communication issues, cultural misunderstanding, discrimination, slower decision making e.t.c

  357. From my personal experiences, i agree team members work well regardless of thier background or knowing each other too well. The only issue i have encountered in such is when there is a language barrier.Aside that , everything will work smoothly

  358. Diversity or not has nothing to do with the performance of a team, although it has is own merit and demerits, the most important thing is team members working to achieve the goal of the team. I haven’t work in a more diverse team, so I can’t really day how it’s

  359. A team with diversity has its advantages as well as disadvantages. Speaking on the benefits, there are a divers approach to a situation or even, thereby making it more lively to achieve a goal, because doing something same way could be boring. The diversity of knowledge and approach to a situation, different social Experiences and other factors that can affect the teams growth.

    On the other hand, there could be conflict as different ideas may clash and no one is ready to give room for the other

  360. A diverse team team is unique in the sense that these are experts, individuals with different social experiences, identity and cognitive knowledge of what the whole project is and can apply it to real life situations. A diverse team integrate as a unit when they can identify what the situation is and proffer suitable remedies to such and what the mission is all about in achieving the set goal at the end of the project, a diverse team should be able to synergize and execute projects, administer and ensure that it yields the Desired results with a team lead who has a good control and command of the entire Project.

  361. A diverse team is great because everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work has the potential to yield brilliant results.

    It definitely yields great performances but mostimes the factors that may hinder diversity in a project management is time and the nature of the project task.

  362. In my experience of work, team familiarisation and cohesion is usually instrumental to achieving set targets and deliverables. There could be some level of diversity with gender and experience but an integrated onboarding that allows for sound understanding and mutual respect for each team member is key in achieving great success.

    Except for an emergency project where there is limited time to choose who, even at that, there is some sort of understanding within the team.

  363. Yes, there’s a connection between diversity and performance.

    Diversity in organizations is linked to improved performance and outcomes. Diverse teams bring together a variety of perspectives and experiences, leading to increased innovation, better decision-making, and enhanced problem-solving capabilities. Inclusive environments foster employee engagement and satisfaction, while also providing a better understanding of diverse customer needs.

    Diverse teams tend to produce superior work compared to homogenous teams due to their ability to foster innovation, enhance problem-solving capabilities, engage in more thorough decision-making processes, adapt to change more effectively, and promote higher levels of employee engagement.

    Working in highly diverse teams presents challenges such as communication barriers, conflicts, biases, difficulty in building trust, inequity in participation, challenges in decision-making, and complexity in management.

  364. Working diversely is a great way to achieve many goals at work. Every team members get to participate and share their ideas and work on what work best for the project outcome

  365. Diversity in team tends to work better because of mainly common goal to be achieved by the team. Everyone comes together to try to prove themselves and contribute to achieving the goal that was set even without knowing themselves from on set

  366. While I don’t have personal experiences or observations, research generally supports the idea that diverse teams can outperform homogeneous ones. Diverse perspectives often lead to enhanced creativity and problem-solving, contributing to better overall team performance. However, challenges in communication and understanding can arise in highly diverse teams, requiring effective management and fostering an inclusive environment to maximize the benefits of diversity.

  367. Based on my observation, I see a connection between diversity and performance. Diversity at the workplace positively impacts organizational performance.
    According to research, Teams with greater diversity produce superior work.
    The challenge that often arises when working in highly diverse teams is communication issues. There may be language barriers, different communication styles or preferences, or people with hearing loss on one’s team. It’s important to address these challenges before they become problematic.

  368. Diverse project teams makes a high performing teams. Teams with diverse experience,knowledge,skills and social backgrounds bring an approaches to provide solutions to challenges encountered in projects and it brings a great result because of the good team work.

  369. In my experience, diversity can bring about a positive impact in many ways from innovation, sharing of skills and increase in productivity.

  370. There is a strong relationship between diversity and performance.

    In my experience, I have found that homogenous teams sometimes have underlying issues that get in the way of project performance, this could be grievances from the past or petty issues they might have gotten into before the project.

    A diverse team who have empowered through team charter tend to deliver more as they are interpersonal with each other and understand that they are here for the task at hand only not a permanent role, this motivates them to give their best during the time they have on the project as that is their purpose for being on the team.

  371. Application of iterative process to a project as a project manager means one has to develop models, ideas that are consistent in giving positive feedbacks and usability is top notch as it is a process that requires getting financial benefits as the project runs concurrently. Diversity is key as it gives
    various levels of experience, expertise, knowledge base and varying skill sets that can be combined to form a productive and successful out by all involved team players and it’s a good one for synergizing