I’ve long suspected that many (if not most) people who insist on groupwork for everything do so because they can’t really produce anything on their own.
Working in groups is great and necessary, but it really is important for people to be able to work alone too. When teaching a course, I usually try and make sure that students do both: work in groups AND work alone. Also, make sure they don’t always have the same people in their groups.
When it comes to assessing published works (non-fiction), watch out for:
- authors who ALWAYS publish alone – it often implies they don’t play well with others (i.e. can’t get along with other people; don’t know how to share; unpleasant, dishonest or worse)
- authors who NEVER publish alone – this often implies that they can’t actually do anything (i.e. they are riding on the coattails of others)