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Excellence Through Diversity

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undress fast I'm from Uruguay I work for move it and that's what you buy it I've surprisingly to my yet to my surprise I found out that a lot of people actually know where it is and that's cool we're like a small country with between Brazil and Argentina to give you an idea of size Brazil is a little bigger than the contiguous us Argentina is about four times the size of Texas and and Uruguay is actually about the size of Missouri which have found kind of cool we just have like half the population but otherwise it's kind of same and one like one thing that really distinguishes us is that you why has the highest level of or on average like per capita we have the more software export in South America which is pretty cool so there's a lot of software going on in your way um we love barbecue which in Uruguay we call asado and it's kind of popular i guess everywhere I love the BBQ is actually a thing in Kansas City I hope to try somewhere and well we'll see how it goes we love to drink Mattie if you think coffee in the US that's what matt is like a new boy it's kind of like green tea but not really it's it's not it's not the same leaf it's different one but it does like it is like an energy drink if you will and the other thing that we love is soccer and I hear that some of you recognized him this is this is one of the one of the best players right now and yeah we we love him and hits and sometimes Hayden for the things he does on a pitch but you know we're all humans anyway so excellence through diversity um I want to start with humankind but what can we say about humankind I think one of the things that that really defines or you know you can say a lot humankind is that we're great we throughout history we we have accomplished many great things buildings and still today the advancement in technology especially in last century it's like it's crazy how much we we have accomplished but also one of the other things that that we are is we're very different from from each other we have different you know backgrounds different upbringings different culture there are lot of different things and all of this contributes to us having different perspectives on almost any topic I I'm sure that there's like you know you can have a discussion on almost anything and and we've been known I mean humans have been known to pick a fight on on like the weirdest topics that you wouldn't believe but today i want to show you kind of a different take on on this perspective thing and it kind of has to do with with my story with ya something that that is a kind of a part of me who can see something on there cool what what's what's on there and eight that's cool who's seeing a three someone said three does someone not see anything you see that man okay that's not the answer I was expecting but cool so yeah so this is actually called a ishihara test and it's for call blind people yeah it's kind of tests if you're colorblind in some way and so people had not that are usually not called line c CN eight if you are like called might like me you see a free and some other called Linus make my render that you don't see anything recognize anything next one who sees anything here come on anyone has to yeah sorry but no come on yes what do you see and exactly no there's no number on there okay I thought I thought some of some some would see it but there's actually a no in there you wouldn't believe it maybe you can see it now now that you know to look for it yeah okay so colorblind people will see that now like it's like screaming in my eyes but of course it's not yours so we're different right and we have a very different perspective on what we recognize there or don't recognize there and and so I want to so my question with this is like which one is is actually true is there an hour is it not a no is there an eight is there a 3 which one which one is true I'll leave you without hanging for for a while this actually this as you can guess I bring some challenges with it and one of the challenges is with food when I was growing up like I was having a really hard time no if a fruit was ripe or wasn't right I would be like you know eating one and wow this is really Sweden you know nice and the other one would be like oh this really doesn't taste good and you know visually I wouldn't have a clue about what I was doing wrong so so my mind kind of started adapting and and you know looking for different things for example if I want to know if a banana is ripe I start looking for the black spots yeah it's probably maybe over right but yeah that's one of one of the things that you need to look for or the the texture of the fruit I always like when I'm at the grocery store I have to touch them to know if you know they arrived were they were really green hmm also one with me and he can see the difference like I said we love barbecue I I like barbecue I like to cook and and I I didn't know it before but when I discovered that I was called blind as I yeah no wonder you have a hard time knowing is it the meat is cooked or not if it's done over or and the other one is clothing imagine it's and Patricks thank you show up at work yes all green it no you're right I actually I never did it I'm I'm married about I asked my wife where it was advice so you know the other one is skin color changes it's really hard for me to tell if if I'm sunburned like I or I can tell where it's really late like dude you're bringing out and the other one is and this kind of leads sometimes into some social awkward social encounters is I have a hard time seeing if a person turns pale or were they like red like they're brought into the face because and that's like I may not notice if I embarrassing someone or maybe they're sick or stuff like that and yeah so it be careful there and the last one is for games and this is actually how I kind of discovered that I colon I didn't know it was called mine until I was like 21 years old that's kind of crazy and we were playing cards you know there were like six colors and I think they were playing red and I like I put my card I thought it was throwing the same card they were is that what's going on and a friend who actually is my wife now said you don't have any any any bread anymore I'm like why what are we playing well you through we're playing red and what did I throw these were a green card I'm like really and then although they look into my cars & Co you got red thread over there and and they say you're called line I'm like no not and then I guess you are and yeah finally so yeah you're called line and uh anyway but not not everything not everything is so you know challenging so there are also some interesting things that that give you an edge we apparently have better night vision there is a scientific reason for this if you want to know more about it I don't want to get into it can you cannot talk me up later and the military have been known to use color blind people for fifteen through camouflage because they're not confused by the same color patterns and yeah i think they not have like technology that that does that for them but at some point they they used to use that so the point I'm kind of trying to make here is that really what happens is you your mind starts to work differently than an artist because and why does this happen because caller becomes non deterministic when I went when there's something kind of green or painted yellow or and it's kind of similar I don't see the difference and so I'll say someone says well what color is this and I say green but if you tell me it's yellow I mean that's okay with me it's yeah I wouldn't know and and so a funny story there is like I used to live in a student's home and one time I woke up to eat breakfast and like and I'm like oh they painted the the ball ball sticks with with green and and my friend makes me says yeah especially because they're red oh well yet color becomes non deterministic and we start relying on other things like I said touch touching things and you know just looking for shapes maybe or other stuff and maybe you know just getting a different angle on things and at work of course it can sometimes propose a challenge during communication just a few weeks back at client said okay I want this color to be tooltips this article it to be pop-ups and this other one to be something else and I'm like okay I'm trying to sort through that and if the colors are very similar I can I can have a hard time and but if the other person knows that that you have that that challenge with it or that that do different that way it can it can be solved very easily because you just call it go differently or for example we like to use read to you know signify something that we want we think is very important and bread doesn't stand out to me I thought it did but it doesn't like the other day I was driving with my wife and she like it's red I'm like where and then like 100 meters a hundred yards later I know this oh there's a traffic like they're so I actually have to look for it for the red things because they don't pop into my eyes other other things are due and there's also the interesting thing with designed here like I said we we process the color differently and and we see we see other things when when like non called mind people look at the design their eyes go to the things that should like catch their attention and like i said i I don't I don't I not the same thing catches my attention or you know and and then I kind of tend to see other artists Oh focused focused on color maybe because it's non deterministic to us we're maybe more more focused on a contrast on where the content displaced and the shapes of things I really like to rely on shapes to to identify things so but again the communication is key here like if you open your team you have these differences and you know being able to to to notice and to share about this is it's very important let to know each other because if I don't tell anyone I'm color blind and that I have an issue with that I'm a I'm a you know deal with it some time but maybe I run into trouble or maybe I implement the wrong thing or whatever happens and so so it's important to share about that and it's important to be respectful I think that like I said it can lead me into into maybe sometimes complicated situations but you need to be respectful about this and and be respectful about the different perspectives because okay I may see a three or nothing where are people see an eight and I can I can't do anything about color blindness but sometimes I also see other things differently and being able to discuss these things and blew it respectfully is key to you know bring those those differences together and create something better at the other one I think is very important for it for a team an excuse communications is to share is to share your experience because when you're part of the team you you bring something very important to the table and that is all your experience all that all that stuff you did in life and and you didn't do and your background and who you are I think that is right there's a lot of rich context in there and when you know each other and your respect each other and you're able to share your things in a safe environment and where you know that you know these things will use for for the better you can you can become a better team but the thing here is to understand that we are different and I like the sports analogy a lot because when you when you have a team you actually need these differences you don't want you know the QB in every position that would be terrible for the running game or the order you know the passing game and yeah this when when when we let these things to cause division it can when we when we look at our differences and how we are different if we let that cause division with the team can break down and as we know in sports is very obvious when a team doesn't click when a team don't when they don't respect each other when I don't want to play together it's a mess it's like immediately and and I think it's in soccer we love soccer like I said it's are you see it more you see it more because especially with strikers when the striker is like selfish and then doesn't want to pass the ball to the other one who is like the perfect opportunity and they're like so anyway if they're constantly fighting that they won't create anything better and the team and the sum of the of the parts of the team is actually less than done on paper maybe but the the other thing we can do and but what I'm excited about is that if we come together and we use these differences that we have we can actually push on the limits of what we can do the team can be more than what you think they are like if you evaluate each individual maybe you come up with you know something in your mind but when when you combine that and you use those differences and put them together you can actually push on the limits of what you can do and you can do greater stuff and this happens in sports ooh sometimes the honor dog is like move just you know wins and you're like what happened well they played as a team and I think that's awesome and so the question that arises from this is like how do we do is how do we get a team to to go beyond the limits and I think the difference there is actually in in a team is it a group of individuals or is it actually a team you know because you can pick you know the best players in the league and put them together but if you're not a team that they're not going to be a you know a great team so one of the things I've heard a lot lately is about hiring from the top person and I've move it we week sometimes you know can say that to wee-wee maybe hire one every 30 people we interview but I don't know does that mean we're hiring the top x percent I think it doesn't and it was a great blog post yard a red I'm sorry I don't remember who it was but it says like if you're hiring the top three percent of the people you interview that's that's just what you're hiring the top three percent a foo you interview now if everyone would do that any annuit you would notice that you're actually hiring from the top maybe twelve ninety seven percent not the top three you know you would have to like interview everyone to maybe take the top three but even if you did that you it's probably an illusion so so we remove it believe way more in building actually building the team instead of of just hiring the top x percent but when you're building the team you need to understand what you're looking for and I really love to talk about that Joe masty that this morning on hiring with science if you can check that out I mean that's a that's a great talk on on on how to take the bias out of hiring and actually going for you know really understanding what you're looking for for your team and I think you need to understand that a team is like like I think it is like a soccer team you don't want to you don't want to receiver it or yeah now i'm mixing things up but a football team you don't want to receiver everywhere you need you need those differences they are key to your success so you need to understand what you're looking for for your team and you need to consider the team when you're hiring also you need to understand that the person you're hiring will have to work with a team so how we need to understand that and then and i think the great issue here is that organizations love structure and and that is ok because we need structure but what if you know you put it put an interview in place and then you start executing it and then it kind of becomes part of the system but the interview is wrong you know and then you start just you know hiring a certain people and then you start discovered with the starting honors and if you're not understanding what you're doing this kind of i creep up on you and suddenly you're like oh this is how we do it and it works great for us you know we really need to again check out Joe Matthews talk on that it's it's great how how long we can be sometimes about these things and I think that they really the key here is to understand that it's not about us you know when you're hiring many times I've seen that the that the interview process kind of becomes about the guy who's interviewing or the person who is interviewing and sometimes we I mean it happened to me too when I when I did some interviews sometimes I just wanted to see myself in the other person that's like the worst thing you can do because it will create homogeneous teams and and you're losing there and this is not something that I am you know that's graphs out of the air there is a there's a study from McKinsey that says that gender diverse teams are fifteen percent more likely you know to outperform other companies that's that's fifteen percent now there's also in our study that says that ethnical diversity will get you thirty-five percent if you sum that up like if you have gender & ethnical diverse teams that's just like fifty percent off the bat you know it's it's a crazy fifty percent I mean it's lovely we're talking about here but but one of the things that can happen real quickly and I was talking about this with someone today was when you have a diverse team that you know works from different countries from different places many times it can be hard you know to to avoid chaos because like I said we're different we communicate differently we sometimes we we say things and I've experienced as many times because I well we I'm from Uruguay and English is not our native native language so sometimes we want to say something in English and we're actually not saying what we think we're saying we say something else so so it it is important that in your team you build unity you and again the sports analogy applies you need you want a team that that's United on a team that is the same you need to understand this it's not a homogeneous team it's a United team they don't think the same way that's not unity thinking the same way is you know being homogeneous it's not the same and then again communication is is so important when communication breaks down that's when everything goes you know goes downward you need to be able to talk respectfully never ever offend someone else you gain nothing doing that absolutely nothing you need to be able to communicate and the buzzword here would be to communicate effectively but what as communicating effectively really mean I don't think that you need to you know just say the bare minimum we are you know we're people we we have a lot to say and it's not always all about work and it's not always all about you know we sometimes need to talk about life and being able to share and I think that builds the team that builds the trust and I think that that two keys and here is when you're building a diverse team there two things that I strongly believe and this is not scientific so if I'm wrong that's okay but I firmly believe in this that that when you're building at the first team you need to have to think clear guinea job they need to share the same values and they need to share the same goals why because the body is keep the team together and again I know we're different and what I'm saying here is we don't need to share everything and that's okay we can we can be at work and and share you know the things we care about our work for example I care a lot about code review that's something I share with my co-workers outside of work I may care about other things but I don't need to bring that into the workplace I don't need to force other opinions i have on my teammates because it has nothing to do with work so what we need to understand is we we need to find this common ground and let that keep us united and be able to the other things that we don't share okay we don't share them we don't need to fight over it we don't need to get everyone on the same boat because again will we may be losing on on on the diversity there and the goals are important to keep the team focused when you know where you're going it's it's easier to 222 understands for the team to be focused you know to be in because it will the values would keep them together and then with with the focus they can go in the same direction this will avoid the team to to you know start going in two different directions and talking about things they they they disagree from you know the other day on a project we I don't know we released something and then the product backlog wasn't really defined so we came into work and we were just you know working out bugs and that's not really fun because you know you get bored and stuff so so really having those goals keeps the team focused um and one of our values that move it that that we care about a lot is team over individuals we believe that the team is more important but we don't dismiss individuals don't take this ass oh the team goes before everything and and you know if someone does something well did something might happen it's not in that sense it's in the sense that we want team players we want people that care about the team and that I don't you know they don't overstep they don't you know they don't just do stuff because they think they're the star or because I'm the important one here I was here five years before so you're gonna do what I say or my opinion is more about it because whatever it's not it's never about being you know selfish and and just getting your opinion through what is important the important thing is to be able to share in and combine those those different will use and I say this because I think that it's never about the Stars it's about the team thanks Oh