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Want a Team to be Creative? Make it Diverse

Want a Team to be Creative? Make it Diverse | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Diversity is the crucial element for group creativity. Innovation teams tasked with creating new products or technologies or iterating existing ones need tension to produce breakthroughs, and tension comes from diverse points of view.

 

"How to get started? Take a stubborn challenge you're currently facing and set up an informal meeting with a harsh critic, someone who often disagrees with your point of view. Critics challenge assumptions and are usually very passionate. Invite them in; hear them out. You may be surprised by how much you learn, and also by how thinking about a problem from a different perspective can refresh and energize your own ideas."

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Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes

Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Are two heads better than one?

 

A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that two people may actually produce worse judgments, not because together they aren’t capable of making a good decision – but precisely because they are so confident that they can.

 

Psychologist Julie Minson, co-lead of the study, says these findings don’t negate the value of group decision-making, but they do highlight a need for caution. “If people become aware that collaboration leads to an increase in overconfidence, you can set up ways to mitigate it. Teams could be urged to consider and process each others’ inputs more thoroughly.”

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Better Teamwork Through Better Workplace Design

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"Team collaboration is challenging enough without needing to attend to underperforming workspace. Companies like Skype, Cisco, and Pixar have already deployed cleverly designed work environments to best enable new value creation through collaboration. It's time to align the physical with the strategic."

 

One suggestion: "Give project teams a dedicated space. The concept of 'distributed cognition' suggests that thinking processes are embedded in the physical work environment. A team room can provide "cognitive space" to hold ideas and experiences." The shared space "can help teammates maintain a shared project mindset, sharpening their focus and speeding up the collaborative process."

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Making Decisions in Groups

Podcast - Intereview with Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of "Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right."...

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