Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity

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Teams have an intelligence of their own that is independent of the individual intelligence of the members. In other words, adding up the talent of each individual member doesn’t necessarily total the team’s ability to perform. See how some groups are smarter than others, how you can select a smart team, and how to raise that team’s group IQ.

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Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity

  1. 1. Source: von Frank, V. (2013, Summer) Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity. The Learning System 8(4). (p.1, 4-5). Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system Title Body Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity
  2. 2. This presentation is a supplement to the full article. Download more information, resources, and tools to help you implement these ideas in The Learning System (Summer, 2013). Available at www.learningforward. org/publications/learning-system. Download the article and accompanying tools
  3. 3. Teams have an intelligence of their own that is independent of the intelligence of individual members. “To form the best teams, create groups with good communicators, enhance those skills, and make sure members have a variety of backgrounds.” Some groups are smarter than others Source: von Frank, V. (2013, Summer) Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity. The Learning System 8(4). (p.1, 4-5). Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system
  4. 4. Source: von Frank, V. (2013, Summer) Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity. The Learning System 8(4). (p.1, 4-5). Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system “Improving the group’s ability to communicate will raise its collective intelligence.” How do you raise the group’s IQ?
  5. 5. According to Robert Garmston in Unlocking Group Potential to Improve Schools (Corwin Press, 2012): • Ensure that members consider information from one another as potentially useful. • Allow equal input from every member. • Use dialogue — a free flow of ideas that build on one another’s thoughts. • Allow constructive critiques that offer concrete ideas for improvement, never about or judging an individual. How do you raise the group’s IQ? Source: von Frank, V. (2013, Summer) Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity. The Learning System 8(4). (p.1, 4-5). Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system
  6. 6. Source: von Frank, V. (2013, Summer) Group smarts: Elevate collective intelligence through communication, norms, and diversity. The Learning System 8(4). (p.1, 4-5). Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/learning-system • Seek differences in backgrounds and life experiences to avoid groupthink. • Include a mix of veterans and newcomers. • Include people who have never worked with one another. • Train groups to be aware of power and status issues and how to resolve those challenges. Selecting a smart team
  7. 7. Learn more with Learn more about professional learning at all levels of education with Learning Forward, an international nonprofit association of learning educators: www.learningforward.org Membership in Learning Forward gives you access to a wide range of publications, tools, and opportunities to advance professional learning for student success.

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