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By Leigh Thompson

Embracing the Counterintuitive facet of Collaboration

Think of your to-do record at paintings. likelihood is an important projects require you to paintings with others—and the luck of these endeavors depends upon the effectiveness of your collaboration.

According to administration professional Leigh Thompson, collaboration that's wakeful, deliberate, and fascinated with producing new rules builds pleasure and produces what she calls a “creative conspiracy.” groups that conspire to prepare themselves, encourage each other, and mix their skills to fulfill inventive demanding situations are the hallmark of the main winning organizations.

In this publication, Thompson unearths the keys to the type of collaboration that enables groups to arrive their complete artistic power and maximize their effects. She additionally unearths a number of unusual findings; for example:

• Left to their very own units, groups are much less artistic than individuals
• delivering “rules” to groups truly raises inventiveness
• Striving for quality leads to much less creativity than striving for quantity
• Fluctuating club complements a team’s innovation
• such a lot leaders can't articulate the 4 uncomplicated ideas of brainstorming


Thompson combines broad-ranging examine with real-life examples to provide thoughts and practices designed to aid groups and their leaders capitalize on what truly works in terms of artistic collaboration. Creative Conspiracy demanding situations managers to undertake an unconventional method of prime groups that, performed correct, will result in the artistic luck of each team—and each organization.

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DeMarco and Lister discovered that the enormous performance gap between highly productive companies and less-productive companies was driven by how much privacy, personal workspace, and freedom from interruption that programmers had. Statistically, 62 percent of the best performers described their workspace as private, compared with only 19 percent of the worst performers. And 76 percent of the worst programmers said they were often “needlessly” interrupted, compared with only 38 percent of the best performers.

Mood can be affected by a number of factors and mood strongly influences creativity. Chapter 5 discusses mood in detail and describes its role in motivating the creative team. Goal setting. Goal setting is hugely important for creative teamwork. Alex Osborn, the father of brainstorming, wisely realized that quality goals can stymie a team; in contrast, quantity goals liberate a team. Chapter 7 discusses the importance of setting stretch goals. Diversity. Diversity is like an onion, meaning that on a very superficial level, we might diversify, say, on skin or eye color or dress.

However, most companies cannot articulate the rules of brainstorming, much less follow them. In chapter 7, the four cardinal rules of brainstorming are reviewed, along with the evidence that supports their effectiveness today. The chapter also reviews new research that further improves brainstorming effectiveness. It is imperative to structure the brainstorming session differently than other meetings. Failure to do so will mean that people may remain in the same passive-aggressive mind-set that they take into other meetings.

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