Developed for "Open Minds, Open Doors: Leadership in the New World" a conference hosted by Women's Foodservice Forum, March 22 - 23, 1999.

Group Genius: The collaborative process


Exemplary performers use the constant flow of information to shape products and services. In contrast, other performers use only initial information. They tend to present their initial product or service as final and often have an aversion to producing or reproducing the product or service.

Exemplars, on the other hand, use the flow of information as inputs to engage in productive iterations of product development. The exemplar, given the time constraints, will repeat the process as many times as necessary in order to produce a ‘perfect product.’

For most products or services, the exemplar engages in six iterations of production. Each of these iterations emphasizes further shaping of the product because of new information feedback. Each iteration becomes a more and more efficient resource investment -- perhaps half of the previous phase. In turn, each iteration doubles the quality of the product or services. The exemplar becomes increasingly more efficient in resource investments and effective in results outputs. Robert Carkhuff, The Exemplar, 1984, page 103


A "shirt-sleeve environment" where individuals come together to play 'spoze with each other; to model, design, explore the art of the possible in scan, focus and act phases. MG Taylor Corporation

Group Genius

the ability of a group to work iteratively and collaboratively to consistently seek, model and put into place higher order solutions. Time compression, systemic work flow, dynamic feedback, individual and collective creativity are core features of group genius. MG Taylor Corporation

Creativity is the process of eliminating options.
MG Taylor axiom

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Creative Process Model