Should problems be solved by an individual or a team?
I recently came across a paper that suggests a hybrid approach. In this study, people worked in teams where individuals on some of those teams were forced to spend time thinking independently. These individuals did not become anchored by their teammates’ approach, encouraging a wider variety of ideas and producing the best overall results for their team.
In today’s workplace, open office space, agile project communication and tools like Slack and Skype make it easy to collaborate but hard to escape the influence of others. Teams may benefit from consideration of how much communication may be too much or whether there are ways the team can take short breaks from working closely together. It may be as simple as turning off Slack for a few hours or having a block of “quiet time”.
How can your team encourage independent and creative thinking? How can collaborative tools be used optimally?