At work or school, you might encounter a problem that requires creativity (For example, you are given a task to complete that is very different from other tasks you do). In order to complete a creative task, would you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?
Creative tasks can be very challenging in the sense that they usually involve something new and out of daily routine. Some people prefer to work individually to complete a creative endeavor, while others believe that collaborative work has the power to make anything easier. From my personal perspective, I would rather work with others than be a bewildered lonely hero. Reasons and examples will be demonstrated in the following paragraphs.
The first thing that will be encountered in an innovative project is the brainstorming session, which requires diverse ideas and inspirations. When working individually, a person can be easily stuck in his mindset and go into a dead end. Whereas collaborative work allows for innovation jams, where different ideas can inspire each other and eventually form a global scale of the initiative. Taking Google for instance, as a multinational technology company with a reputation for innovation, it has a highly efficient working system, where all the employees are divided into several small teams of three to four members according to different projects, so as to maximize the potential of every creative idea. This largely increases the productivity of the enterprise.
Once the initiative is settled, it is time to carry it out. At this stage, collaborative innovation such as crowd-funding can mobilize a diverse group of people with a variety of skills. Benefits to this joint innovation efforts are plenty, including the increased efficiency, the rapidity of experimentation, and the guaranteed wider array of solutions. For example, my sister, the head of a college music club, has made her club very popular among students, to which the secret is cooperation. She once held a successful singing concert, which she had never tried before. When planning for it, she mobilized every member to pitch in the activity, and settled the fund issue by finding sponsors outside the campus. She said that without her group mates, she could never manage to do that in such a short period of time.
Admittedly, I am not denying the advantage of individual work. For instance, one can fully carry out what he/she believes without being influenced by others, and also fully stretch his/her abilities. However, everyone has his/her own limitations. Teamwork provides complementary capabilities, and thus enlarges individuals’ potential.
To summarize, collaboration has emerged as the defining characteristic of creative project in all phases from initiative to execution. The singular genius who works alone is a myth of yesterday.
1. complementary:互补的 (complementary things go well together, although they are usually different)
2. crowd-funding:练习比赛(a period of physical exercise or training)
3. pitch in: 投入；参与；支援(to join in and help with an activity, by doing some of the work or by giving money, advice)
4. mobilize:组织；鼓动；动员(to work together in order to achieve a particular aim; to organize a group of people to do this)
5. dead end:绝境；僵局(a point at which you can make no further progress in what you are doing)
6. mindset:观念模式；思维倾向(a set of attitudes or fixed ideas that sb has and that are often difficult to change)
7. innovation jam:创新大讨论