A great analysis by Joe DeSimone, the CEO of Carbon (and a client of Calibre One who wowed with his 2015 TED Talk): How and why do diversity of expertise and identity fuel innovation? His answer: by fostering multifaceted solutions to complex inter-disciplinary problems.
It's an approach I've seen validated repeatedly in my work with clients, embraced by leaders who define their careers through tackling big problems with novel innovations. Considering the groundbreaking efforts of the Carbon team in 3D printing, the approach is working well there, too.
A growing body of research supports the notion that having a diverse team leads to better outcomes when pursuing a common goal. Inventing our technology underscored the importance of disciplinary diversity, specifically. And in fact, I believe that much of Carbon’s momentum since stems from the vibrant exchange of ideas among our staff with expertise in areas ranging from chemistry and materials science, to business and finance, to hardware and software, to customer service and support. ... I like to think of diversity as a fundamental tenet of innovation. A team composed of people from all walks of life—with a diversity of race, gender, culture, faith, sexual orientation, nationality, personality, and many other factors—enables a diversity of perspectives to flourish. Innovation is the result.