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Interesting Article About Independent Thinking Versus Collaboration

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Gatorubet, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Gatorubet

    Gatorubet Loathing All Things Georgia

  2. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    I'm more creative when I have privacy and freedom because I hate people. Suck on that, psych majors.
  3. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    I'm too lazy to read the article, someone tell me what to think about it.
  4. Gatorubet

    Gatorubet Loathing All Things Georgia

    Explains why independent thinkers would never come up with "Meyer/Saban to Penn State!!!!"
  5. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    I've read Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It's a spectacular book and has helped me immensely. Personally, I work best in a blend of independence and collaboration, but it's still greatly skewed toward independence.
  6. buckeyebri

    buckeyebri Reach down between my legs...

    Enjoyed the article. I think sometimes good ideas get shut down in groups, especially if they are not immediately accepted by the group. Independent thinking gives a person the opportunity to formulate the idea to its fullest prior to bringing it to a team environment.

    As the article suggested near the end, a blend of the need to think both independently and also in group settings would seem to make the most sense.
  7. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I find that, though I have all the answers, I'm not well accepted into collaborative groups.
    Steve19 likes this.
  8. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    You own your own business. The only group you fit into would be of the elit_ist prick type.
  9. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    With groups there can be issues with dominance(biggest dog in the room) of an individual or two. That's time and talent wasting.
    But individuals can need help in going in the right direction. That's where a mentor or manager can help point the way than get out of the way.
    We don't have enough mentors. There is little incentive to be a mentor these days.
  10. kn1f3party

    kn1f3party Junior

    Great article. The ideal reminds me of my environment and I can honestly say I've never enjoyed work so much. I can spend a half hour talking with coworkers at their cubicle without feeling guilty about it. But then I can go back to my cubicle and knock out a lot of work.

    The kind of work I do requires a great deal of creativity and technicality. I couldn't imagine a more productive way to do it either. My entire office is responsible for a specific area, all of us have our own unique and easily defined components of that area. We are not forced to collaborate and we only do so to exchange a couple of ideas and break up the day. In our field, we're widely respected as an authority. Private businesses are often driven by the bottom line which causes a lot of inside-the-box thinking. I work for the federal government, and we don't have that sort of thing. I tend to think that the government, more specifically the Air Force, is usually ahead of the times in the way things are done. Other businesses would do themselves a service to emulate what we do, which seems to coincide with the type of environment the author describes.

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