A colleague from the US asked me: when profiling for a new team, would I want to see great diversity? In my mind that would make sense, but in reality I might want to see it aligned in some areas. What is your opinion?
In my opinion, the desired meta programs depend on what the team needs to accomplish. A sales team is different from a policy team. So in terms of priorities I would say: first of all you want the team to have the required meta programs and values to be successful at their main tasks. Once that is accomplished, you want to have as much diversity as possible. It is a bit like the relationship between towards (achieving goals) and away form (solving problems) in coaching. You want away from in the frame of towards. With team you want diversity in the frame of alignment.
If you want to put it in a procedure (which I often like to do) it would be something like this:
1. Define what the team’s main task is
2. Define what the necessary meta programs and values are for that task.
3. Make sure some team members have all (or as many as possible) of those thinking style elements.
4. Find additional team members how have some task-critical meta programs but who also have some meta programs an/or Graves drives that are distinctly different.
5. Explain thoroughly to the team why you composed them like this, and what the benefits of thinking style diversity are.
6. Prepare the team for dealing comfortably with conflicts that may arise from this engineered meta program diversity.