An ancient legend describes
how a group of blind monks
found an elephant blocking their
way. To decide how to
cope with the obstacle, they
tried to identify the object by
touching it. They all described
what they felt: ďitís a wallĒ,
one monk said, ďno, itís a ropeĒ,
another argued, ďno, itís a pipeĒ, a third monk commented.
They could not agree on what the obstacle actually was. After a long dispute, they discovered that they were all right, but that they had to cooperate and share information to find out that they were dealing with
Peoplesí views on one and the same thing can differ considerably. They can each take a unique view on the same challenge, which is a useful resource for innovative thinking.
As people are all blind in different ways, diversity can help teams and organisations to discover all elements of the elephant. Facilitating the process of appreciating differences as a means to stay innovative is what we do.