Teams are groups in which the members have a shared goal. Groups are sets of individuals who share a common boundary and influence one another. One joke that I find informative goes like this: What do you call a few people riding in an elevator? A group. What do you call those same people when the elevator gets stuck? A team. A team requires people to divide labor and coordinate their efforts to arrive at a common goal. Teams are best used when people are not easily able to achieve certain goals when working alone — such as landing a plane on an aircraft carrier.
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- Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of ExperimentationIt’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity, and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the featured speakers also answer questions from high school educators.
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