CHAPTER 2

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Breaking Down the Barriers to Creative Collaboration

Somewhere along the line, we decided that being connected and social is a good thing. Conversely, doing things alone without the connection to others is just not fun, and in some cases, is deemed pathological. The pressure toward endless interaction has caused some of us to put our own desire for solitude on the back shelf. The modern workplace favors the gregarious, social worker who not only enjoys an open workspace, but is literally almost never alone. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, argues that loud-talking, brainstorming ...

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