It's no secret that Congress is dysfunctional. Its futility is a product of the polarization that comes from tampering with population center boundaries of to create favorable voter rolls-a process known as "gerrymandering."
When you gerrymander a political district to populate it with more Republicans or Democrats, you're stocking it with folks who agree with you. That's great if you're trying to win an election. But it's terrible if you're starved for the kinds of honest, intelligent, dissenting views that expand perspective and increase wisdom.
We gerrymander our organizations, too. I've seen companies stacked with people who laugh at the leaders' jokes and tell them only what they want to hear. Those are diseased organizations. Gerrymandering snuffs out candor, rigorous discourse and tough scrutiny of new ideas.
If "steel sharpens steel," then visionary leaders should be seeking out people of robust intellects and varied backgrounds who disagree with them. The resulting metal-on-metal clashes will produce not only sparks, but light.
Is your organization gerrymandered? What is the impact?