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 »

Posted by Fabrice Florin - via Howard Rheingold, New York Times (Opinion), New York Times (Most Emailed)

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by Randy Morrow - Jan. 16, 2012

Solitude can even help us learn. According to research on expert performance by the psychologist Anders Ericsson, the best way to master a field is to work on the task that’s most demanding for you personally. —- But decades of research show that individuals almost always perform better than groups in both quality and quantity, and group performance gets worse as group size increases.

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