It turns out creativity flows more freely when you imagine someone else dealing with an issue. Professors Evan Polman and Kyle Emich asked 137 undergraduates to imagine the following scenario: a prisoner, being held in a tower, had a length of rope which was half the length he needed to escape safely. He cut it in half, then tied it together and got away.
Working with others will leave you open to their influences. An idea is born in your own mind, but by sharing, moulding and developing it with others, it can be questioned, rigorously tested and strengthened. By revealing your latest findings and sharing your most difficult setbacks, you can draw on collective wisdom to solve problems and move forward together.