I especially appreciated the point that while our workplaces and schools are increasingly breaking down walls so people work in teams, there is definite value in working in solitude. In fact, deep in the article is mentioned the value of focused practice without teammates or colleagues in tow. K. Anders Ericsson, psychologist at Florida State University indicates that this type of solo work is instrumental in “achieving transcendental skill”.
Think of not just athletes and artists, but programmers, analysts, e-traders, researchers – the list can go on.
Solitude and the preference for it by introverts (not the agorophobic but the more reserved of us in the population) encourages deep thought as well.
We all benefit from being working solo, in a quiet environment, ocassionally unplugged, where we can achieve flow – that unique space where we are firing on all engines.
Balance, moderation – just a thought to encourage you not to take down all the walls in the workplace.
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