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

What Did Moses, Jesus, and Buddha Have In Common?

  • These religious leaders all went off by themselves before they brought their insights back to their community. We sometime are so dazzled by charisma that we overlook the quiet part of the creative process. Susan uses the story of Apple’s founding to make this point. It wasn’t Steve Jobs with his super magnetism that created the first computer. It was the quiet Steve Wozniak who worked alone to create the first Apple that he wanted to give away. Today, however, virtually all American workers spend time on teams and 70% inhabit open-plan offices in which no one has a room of one’s own. In the last 30 years the average office space per person has shrunk from 500 to 200 square feet. Today’s elementary classrooms also feature pods of desks to promote group work
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