When it comes to group projects, creativity withing the group and for the project can be a very critical aspect for the success of any particular group project. However there are some particular ways for groups to become better at creativity. This particular article offers you the insight and a more in depth look into four ways that groups can stifle creativity.
- Most of us would like to believe we’re not guilty of stifling the creativity of our teammates. But it’s easier to do than you think. When you’re on a team, avoiding these pitfalls can be just as important as your individual contribution.
- One of the reasons that “brainwriting” — the practice of submitting ideas as a group through written text or chat — has become a popular practice is because it minimizes the problems of brainstorming while amplifying the main benefit: collecting a large pool of ideas with no risk of them being shot down.
- Questions are expansive rather than limiting; they’re more likely to open people up to alternative ideas or prompt counterfactual thinking that leads them to a better answer. Critiques, even in good spirit, are always seen as a challenge to what’s there. They’re more restrictive, and they feel like a hunt for visible faults instead of an inviting focus on “What if?”
“Expecting your first idea to be right places undue stress on the creative process. Solutions become more obvious when you fill in the gaps around them with trial-and-error.”