Collaboration kills creativity

Collaboration kills creativity

The notion that collaboration makes people more creative has become conventional wisdom in the business world. The singular genius who works alone is a myth of yesterday. Despite this kind of corporate-speak, there is substantial scientific evidence that collaboration, rather than sparking creativity, results in group-think and mediocrity. What does result in creativity? Simple: solitude.

SOURCE: Inc/ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour


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SUMMARY:

The notion that collaboration makes people more creative has become conventional wisdom in the business world. Collaboration has emerged as the defining characteristic of creativity and growth in nearly all sectors and industries.

Despite this kind of corporate-speak, there is substantial scientific evidence that collaboration, rather than sparking creativity, results in group-think and mediocrity. In other words, far from being a “Myth of yesterday,” the “Singular genius who works alone” is much more likely to be creative than the person who seeks interaction and “Collaboration.” Forcing creative people to “Collaborate” simply blunts their creativity.

  • By separating us from our usual social and physical environments, solitude can remove those people and objects that define and confirm our identities.
  • Put another way, being around other people keeps creative people from thinking new thoughts.
  • There are few experiences more mind-numbing for a creative person than being forced to interact with dullards on a daily basis.
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