Break into teams of four to five. Assume you work for a company that redesigns existing products to improve them, from computer keyboards to bicycle helmets to toothbrushes. As a result, creativity is a key factor in whether your company succeeds in developing a product that is marketable. You need to staff a new team of 5 individuals, and you have a pool of 20 to choose from. For each person, you have information about the following characteristics: intelligence, work experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness to experience, and extraversion.
Answer the following questions as a team:
10-7. If you could form your perfect team for this context, what would it look like? In other words, what characteristics would you choose for each of the five members—a lot of work experience or a little; high, moderate, or low conscientiousness; and so on? Why?
10-8. How, if at all, would your choices change if the task required teams to make quick decisions that were not necessarily the most creative? Why?
10-9. Each member of your group should describe his or her ideal team member—one hypothetical
person you’d most like to work with in this context (use the same criteria as in questions 10-7).
As a group, compare your responses. Does every person’s ideal member share the same characteristics, or are there differences? If you could, would you compose a team entirely of your ideal
individuals? Why or why not?
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