Weekly Brief: Two heads are… worse than one?

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A little exercise in tricky decisions this week. If Warren Buffet told you to ditch shooting for the perfect CV and risk it all for that dream job today, would you listen? OK, maybe too easy for people here most likely following the startup dream – how about, how should a self-driving car choose who to kill in a crash? Not such a simple one… There’s actually a (slightly morbid) game developed at MIT that’s worth a quick play on that latter subject, if only to test your moral mettle. Just don’t do it with too many friends in tow – a new study out last week shows we’re far more likely to think freely (and be more scientifically innovative) when in as small a group as possible. Something to mention perhaps next time someone suggests one of those massive work meeting with too many dumb bodies in the room. Or maybe keep that to yourself…
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Matt Saunders
3 years ago

In my experience the smaller the team the better, and ideally with one “leader” driving the conversation. If I had a pound for every time I’d seen “groupthink” I wouldn’t need to work again…