I love Margaret Heffernan’s TED talk about superchickens! It reinforces the Belbin research from many years ago showing that a super team of people who are working for the good of the team result will outperform a team of super stars who are working for their own good.
As someone who – I confess – has wanted to be the superchicken in the team on occasions (my idea is the best idea), this is a timely reminder that we look great when we help each other do great work together. Celebrating together is much more satisfying than celebrating alone!
What if we had conversations with the purpose of converging our ideas, rather than trying to convert others? Then instead of two ideas we could have an new and interesting third idea.
With just one change of letter we can have a whole new experience of conversations in business and at home.
Thanks to Desmond Sherlock for a great idea and a great interplay of words. I look forward to learning more in Rethink Perfect.
A great article by Isaac Asimov on what’s needed for group creativity. In essence – a small group of people with expertise, who are willing to appear foolish by contemplating new and possibly unworkable combinations of ideas, in pursuit of a new and workable solution.