Anita Williams Woolley, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, gives a brief summary of the findings of her research into the Collective Intelligence of Teams. Key findings include:
- Some groups show success at completing a wide variety of tasks, or high collective intelligence.
- Little correlation between intelligence of the members of the group and the collective intelligence.
- Direct correlation between the effectiveness of the group and their social sensitivity.
- Groups with a higher proportion of women seemed to exhibit more collective intelligence, but this was attributed to the generally higher social sensitivity of women.
- Key predictor of success in new tasks was conversational turn-taking. Groups dominated by one or two personalities did not exhibit as high a collective intelligence.
Just five minutes, and completely safe for work. Thanks to Samad Aidane, for mentioning Dr. Woolley’s work in his seminar on the Neuroscience of Leadership.