UIE Article: Group Improvisation

Jared Spool

June 8th, 2016

This week we reprint an article from Ben Callahan who shares his thoughts on what makes a great team.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

If you read through the Kind of Blue liner notes [by Miles Davis] written by pianist Bill Evans, you’ll come across this quote:

“Group improvisation is a challenge. Aside from the weighty technical problem of collective coherent thinking, there is the very human, even social need for sympathy from all members to bend for the common result.”

Bill is highlighting two distinct challenges they faced in making this recording. The first is the challenge of the group, which he describes as “the weighty technical problem of collective coherent thinking.” The second is the challenge of the individual, which he explains as “need for sympathy from all members to bend for the common result.” These two challenges are part of every team that’s ever existed, including yours and mine as we build the web. So, how do we build a process within which our teams can fully collaborate and a team that’s willing to do so?

Read the article: Group Improvisation

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