The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
The contest had one rule: The marshmallow had to end
up on top. The fascinating part of the experiment, however,
had less to do with the task than with the participants.
Some of the teams consisted of business school students.
The others consisted of kindergartners.
The business students got right to work. They began
talking and thinking strategically. They examined the
materials. They tossed ideas back and forth and asked
thoughtful, savvy questions. They generated several
options, then honed the most promising ideas. It was
professional, rational, and intelligent. The process resulted
in a decision to pursue one particular strategy. Then they
divided up the tasks and started building.
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