Like many endeavors, health care has become so complex that it is impossible to do our jobs without collaboration. Working in teams can have its benefits and drawbacks, but chief among the advantages is tapping into the expertise and creativity of lots of different minds.
Brainstorming (in a non-critical environment) has long been a staple of groups looking to boost creativity, but research suggests that this isn’t really the best way to stimulate new ideas. Turns out, greater creativity results from exposure to new perspectives—and contrary viewpoints—is something we’ve long believed and taught in Talent development in our course on Teamwork and Spurring Innovation. A recent article in the New Yorker, focused on this issue, and provides more evidence that creativity flourishes when people avoid the perils of groupthink.