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Maximizing the Smartness of Teams
Posted by Insightlink on 04/22/15
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“All of us are smarter than any one of us” is a favorite phrase of one of our senior analysts. This simple statement effectively summarizes the power of teams – by working together, a group of people can often develop many more creative and powerful ideas than can individuals working alone. And we know from our employee survey experience, a strong feeling of teamwork is often named as one of the strengths of a highly motivating work environment. As several different employees summarized recently:
“Psychologists have known for a century that individuals vary in their cognitive ability. But are some groups, like some people, reliably smarter than others?”
The results of their research into this question – which was summarized in a New York Times article called “Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others” (Jan.15) –confirmed that some teams demonstrate a higher level of general intelligence than other teams. They also found, though, neither the IQ levels of individual team members nor how extroverted vs. introverted the members were had any impact on determining which teams exhibited the highest level of “general intelligence.”
The researchers then “upped the ante” by testing whether teams that worked only online – with no face-to-face contact with other team members – could show the same level of collective intelligence as teams working in close proximity to each other. Not only did they some teams were consistently smarter no matter how they worked together but that…
Original article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/opinion/sunday/why-some-teams-are-smarter-than-others.html?_r=0
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