Academic journal article et Cetera

Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration

Academic journal article et Cetera

Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration

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Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman. Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Warren Bennis, a professor and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at USC, and Patricia Biederman, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, have co-authored this book whose motto is "None of us is as smart as all of us." That conclusion is based on an examination of seven "Great Groups" that have changed the world by pooling their talents, sharing their ideas, and accomplishing missions set by their leaders vision. The groups are the Manhattan Project, the 1992 Clinton campaign, the Walt Disney studio, the computer teams at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and Apple, Lockheed's aeronautical engineers at Skunk Works, and the influential arts school Black Mountain College.

Bennis studied these groups from their beginnings to their greatest accomplishments and came up with a Top 15 Lessons of Great Groups. Some of the lessons are:

Great Groups are full of talented people who can work together.

Great Groups think they are on a mission from God.

Great Groups are optimistic, not realistic. …

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