Cultivating “unusual suspects”: diversity and creativity

oprah magazine nov 2013 In the November issue of Oprah magazine, Ori Brafman, co-author of The Chaos Imperative, advises us to cultivate contacts outside our usual social circle. Most of us would find that stressful (and who has the time?), but forming relationships with all kinds of individuals gives us the chance to push our thinking in new and different directions. Brafman especially tells us to reach out people in groups that might have made us feel uncomfortable in the past. Making a point to get together with these new connections even just to chat – with no agenda – this creates opportunities for ideas and inspiration.  Maybe the best professional and personal reason of all to seek out and embrace diversity in those all around us!

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About Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann
Global corporate communication, business, and organization behavior executive; author. My blog, DesigningCommunication, offers inspiration, insight, and tips for all professionals who want to express themselves effectively, and lead with integrity.

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