Growth, innovation, and strategic transformation are team sports, not solo ventures. Complex undertakings like these require a variety of ideas, mindsets, and areas of expertise to achieve results. This required variety doesn’t rest within the mind or experiences of any one individual, no matter how brilliant. Groups, organizations, and even groups of organizations have a much better chance of designing the complex solutions needed to address complex challenges. We call this kind of diversity, which encompasses individuals with different cognitive approaches, strategic diversity.
Scott uses the AEM-Cube Assessment in many of the courses he teaches at Purdue. The acronym “AEM” is derived from the methodology’s three core dimensions – Attachment, Exploration, and Management of Complexity. The ‘Cube’ in the name refers to the fact that these dimensions can be portrayed in a three-dimensional space.
Individuals and teams charged with innovation, growth, and strategic transformation challenges, as well as those working on strategy design and execution, can benefit greatly from a Strategic Diversity Assessment. Scott also uses this assessment with executive and management teams, innovation teams, teams involved with mergers and acquisitions, boards of directors, and teams of public officials designing or executing complex collaborations. Many organizations find an enterprise-wide assessment helpful.