Leadership | Diversity In Thought

How to Thrive as a Lone Pea in a Diverse Pod, Don’t Just Be Another Number

Why your unique perspective is the key to positive change.

Os Ishmael
6 min readFeb 17, 2024


Peas in a pod
Have you ever thought that you might be a pea in a pod? Photo by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash

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Imagine every morning, you enter the local café, and the barista, with a robotic smile, asks, “The usual?”

Next, you bump into your neighbor, who, like clockwork, remarks on the weather, “Another sunny day, huh?”

At work, your colleague greets you with the timeless classic, “Happy Tuesday!”

It’s like living in a sitcom rerun, where the script never changes and the laugh track is stuck on repeat.

This daily dance of predictable dialogue is amusing yet eye-opening — highlighting the need for a splash of difference in our monochrome conversations.

On Breaking the Monotony

In places where everything seems to follow the same old pattern, the vibrant notes of diversity often go unheard.

When we bring in diverse viewpoints, it’s like adding new tunes and harmonies to the same old song, sparking creativity, inspiring innovation, and nurturing a culture rich with learning and variety.



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