After reading your article,The Rise of the New Groupthink,I feel I can honestly
relate to most of what you were saying.
The thing is it did not take me to get to page three and four to really
start agreeing with you. This is because
in the beginning I felt you were attacking groupthink and the advantages it as
amongst the ones who work mainly in groups.
I am a college student and in almost all of my five classes I work
mainly with others. Which I like and
find it beneficial because I am able to expand on my own ideas but hearing
other thoughts and or opinions in which I would probably have never thought of
on my own. Then the middle of your
article I started realizing what you were trying to really say is that even
though working in groups or around others can be great it can also take away
from “serious work.” On page two you say, “ Culturally, we’re often so dazzled
by charisma that we overlook the quiet part of the creative process.” Here is a thought. Maybe I like working in groups so much
because the work is usually distributed, and because I like working with
others, which has a lot to do with my personality. For me I like being around people, and really
dislike being alone, but does that take away from my own personal creativity,
privacy, freedom from interruption. Do
we waste more time in with group environments? Do you think that we do? Your article really got me thinking. When you talk about the New Groupthink and
how it has overtaken our workplaces, our schools, and our religious
institutions, I had to agree with the New Groupthink of today compared to when
I was in elementary school. You say that
today, elementary school classrooms are commonly arranged in pods of desks, the
better to foster group learning. I
visited my cousin in school and saw the same thing. It reminded me of when I was in elementary
school. Our desks were set up the same
exact way. I even remember getting upset when the few times they would change
the groups around how upset I would get.
Were talking a long time since I was in elementary school to. You also talked about the fourth grade
classroom you visited in New York City.
Here you observed students engaging in-group work where they actually
were forbidden to ask a question unless every member of the group had the same
very question. This I do not agree with
and think that the New Groupthink cannot be good if children at such a young
learning experience are interacting this way.
I think we should be able to share and express our own thoughts
especially when working within groups, or group settings. I also could relate to being that person
that is “corralled into endless meetings or conference calls."For me this are usually conducted at the
on-campus library. Where I have to
commute and my group members do not.
During these times I would like to work at home. Also when we decide to meet up at a members
house just like you mentioned the noise, and gaze of other workers, affords no
respite. In Conclusion, I think everyone
has his or her own preference, but so far even with this New Groupthink I do
not think anything has to be changed, I think that companies and organizations
need to make that decision to determine what will be the most effective
way. Everyone has the freedom to be
creative and choose to be solitude with his or her own fashion. Great article!
Really had me thinking.