I happened upon these sentences in 3-time Pulitzer-winner Thomas Friedman's column in today's New York Times and they hit me like a ton of bricks. Friedman is a progenitor of "the world is flat." And he's someone whom I usually respect, but what's below rubbed my goat the wrong way:
"The logic is that all of us are smarter than one of us, and the unique feature of today’s flat world is that you can actually tap the brains and skills of all of us, or at least more people in more places. Companies and countries that enable that will thrive more than those that don’t."
I'll be blunt.
When it comes to ideas, I hate collaboration.
I hate everybody adding to an idea.
I hate the idea that all of us are better than some of us.
Apple is not a product of group-think. Nor is Virgin. Nor are successful companies, countries and politicians.
There are times of course when you need to listen to others. Take their pulse and consider other povs. But good work, good thinking, good ideas synthesizes imputs and decides alone what is right and good.
I don't want to live in a Twitterocracy.