Lesson 1.3

The Math of Synergy

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations below.

Key Concepts:

  • We explore intellectual territory when we combine perspectives and heuristics.

    • The more different ways we can look at a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Perspectives.)

    • The more different ways we can approach a problem, the more likely we are to find new solutions to it. (Heuristics.)

    • When we do both, we maximize our chances of making breakthroughs.

  • Cognitive Diversity is the diversity of perspectives and heuristics between a group of people—or inside our own heads.

    • Any time we learn something new, any time we consult with someone for their ideas, we’re gathering up cognitive diversity.

    • This is how “synergy” can actually happen.

    • The analogy of “Problem Mountain” shown in the video above can help you visualize how Cognitive Diversity works.