The Rise of the New Groupthink – Collaboration May Be Over Rated

The Rise Of the New Groupthink by Susan Cain (New York Times, January, 15, 2012, pp. 1, 6 Business Section) explains how there might be an overemphasis on collaboration in business and school settings that is hurting creativity. Working together is fine, but you need to provide for quiet time for people to work alone and avoid too much in the way of get togethers. This has implications for building design and explains why standard brain storming techniques are counter productive. It is rare for me to summarize a newspaper article, but this is a must read. Here is the link to the article.

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