Innovation, unity and diversity: what does the rock band Queen teach us?

What kind of unity should we be seeking to be the most innovative, resilient, adaptive, successful organization?
A unity of vision with a diversity of ideas, views, attitudes and experiences might be the best balance.

Social media algorithms are feeding us more of what we want to hear; they are not enriching nor expanding our views, thus reinforcing ideas and not opening our minds.

This is also the case in teams where we want to reach consensus, we want to avoid disagreement feeling it is bad for the morale of the team. That we should not rock the boat for the good of the team’s unity.

Queen, is a rock band and an unlikely source to show how to best proceed.
“we are like a family, yet every song is a fight with a huge diversity of views” = is the recipe for success.
Brian May “There were lots of arguments about how much input everybody had. We were like four painters with a brush each but one canvas. There was conflict, but we got there.”

“We all influenced each other. That was the secret of Queen. We pushed and pulled each other, mercilessly.
We had a family relationship. It wasn’t always nice, because families aren’t always nice.
We sometimes said terrible things, but we got the best out of each other.”

From Queen, we hear about the sense of family, the four painters with four very different ideas, that one canvas where all of the ideas had to converge, the conflict, the pushing and pulling and getting the best out of each other.
So do create that unity of vision and allow the diversity of ideas, views, attitudes and experiences to make that vision happen.

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