One of my interests is in politely challenging groupthink. I refuse to spend my time in noisy, crowded places, especially if those places are offices. I will not work anywhere with a radio or television blaring away. My work environment must be tailored to suit my own needs.
Being a reasonably successful and perhaps even a highly creative person, I am usually able to state my own workplace requirements. Peace and quiet, with no interruptions, are essential if I am to achieve my best.
A New York Times article to think about
About 20 minutes a day of collaboration is usually enough for me. A few excellent ideas gathered from a carefully selected group of interesting minds does not take long. Anything else is mindless chatter and clamorous, intrusive mediocrity.