Don’t just throw the best people together. How members get along is far more important than their capacities as individuals.
What makes for smart teams?
It’s not average IQ. It’s social skills. From MIT:
What’s the best predictor of team success?
How the team members feel about one another.
How well do they need to get along?
Remember the 5 to 1 ratio.
Do people touch each other more if they like each other or does touching actually increase performance?
Can’t be sure but we do know one thing: “The teams that touched the most cooperated the most, and won the most.”
For creativity, mix it up a bit. The most creative teams are a mix of old friends and new blood.
Teams with men and women performed better:
A team is only as strong as its weakest link. Team trust is not determined by an average of the members, it’s at the level of the least trusted member:
What inspires team morale? Great stories:
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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