The Rise of the New Groupthink

Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity.

Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. Full Story »

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by Fabrice Florin - Jan. 15, 2012

This thoughtful opinion by author Susan Cain suggests that solitude may be more important than collaboration for boosting creativity and effectiveness in the workplace. It cites a number of scientific studies to back its points, such as the fascinating Coding War Games. If all this is true, what would be reasonable proportions to strive for between 'quiet time' and 'social time'?

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