When collaboration kills creativity

Quiet. The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. By Susan Cain.

Teamwork and open office spaces are intended to help creativity but the author presents some interesting new research which suggests they are often more of a hindrance.

Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.
More creative people tend to be introverts, not really sociable or of participative temperament. Yay! I always got marked poorly for participation at school, lol.
Now I know it’s ok to hate brainstorming and find teamwork difficult.
I think I am a creative person, just kinda…dormant at the moment.


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Corn. Singer. Nurse. Lover of music. Pursuing God (trying...). Secluded. Pianist. Wannabe gypsy. Silly.

2 Responses to When collaboration kills creativity

  1. andrensairr says:

    I had an interesting chat with one of the ministers from church last night and she said often the most creative people are also the most patient, and are able to tolerate routine and delayed gratification for the sake of better creative output. Interesting, but doesn’t exactly fit with common office practices such as team meetings and brainstorming, where there is a drive for more immediate productivity. The guys in my workplace haven’t yet figured out that meetings of more than one other person just give me more to sit back and watch.

    • cornstalk says:

      Oh ok. I think i’m all of those things, i’ve never really thought about them in terms of creativity tho.
      Heh, yea thankgoodness my work only has meetings once a month.

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