When Manager Creativity is Hindered by Collaboration

Several weeks ago, I read Susan McCain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  It is a mind-changing book. In the book, she quotes Steve Wozniak’s memoir where he offers advice to kids who aspire to great creativity:

Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me – they are shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don’t believe anything revolutionary has been invented by committee.

What is your experience: is your creativity supported or hindered by collaboration? The business world is flooded with accolades for collaboration and working in teams. What Wozniak and Susan Cain point out is that some of us access creativity from within and creativity can be hindered by collaboration.

When it comes to manager creativity, discernment is called for.  Know how you access your creativity and when you need to, create on your own.  Find that time alone and honor your creative process.

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