Summary of Group Smarts
Groupthink can be stultifying. So how do the most successful groups elicit collective intelligence from their members?
Companies are using collective intelligence in increasingly sophisticated ways.
Aristotle could have been talking about teams when he said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Science writer Jane C. Hu showcases some of the unique ways companies use groups of trained amateurs to answer questions. These teams often outperform experts in their fields. When she moves on to how to make project teams more productive, some of the answers seem obvious – too many big egos are bad, while social skills are good – but how many companies get it wrong? getAbstract recommends this article to managers and team members alike.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why groups are more intelligent than individuals,
- Where groups typically go wrong and
- What traits makes a team that work well together have.
About the Author
Seattle science writer Jane C. Hu has written for Slate, The Atlantic, Nautilus and Science, among others. She works at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences.
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