Ever heard of Lovaglia's Law?
Lovaglia’s Law: The more important the outcome of a decision, the more people will resist using evidence to make it.
Interesting post by Bob Sutton in reference to a discussion/study on office spaces and the corresponding effect on productivity.
Indeed, guilty of being a 'distraction' (sorry, my lovely mates) yet at same time, it really is difficult getting into the zone whilst thrown in an open space type of work environment.
If I need to write something, best way is to keep away from everyone - better to hear myself. How to do this: work when colleagues are not yet in (or reverse, out already) or leave cubicle and go to seclusion.
Plenty of time to collaborate but important to distill thought also to be able to give more.