What makes teams effective? People have been trying to find out for centuries, but researchers looking into that question recently discovered something new. According to psychologists at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Union College, groups take on a character of their own that’s distinct from the individual natures of their members. In other words, they become living things. Which raises a second question: If groups have an intelligence all their own, how can we measure it?
As technology takes over more tasks, choosing our problems and how to solve them will still be among the jobs reserved for people, not machines. Understanding how to do those jobs best, which in many cases means in groups, is therefore vital to our success.
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