Hackman's misperceptions about teamwork
From his HBR article
|Quite the opposite, research shows. Conflict, when well managed and focused on a team's objectives, can generate more creative solutions than one sees in conflict-free groups. So long as it is about the work itself, disagreements can be good for a team.
|It's good to mix it up
|The longer team members stay together as an intact group, the better they do.
|Bigger is better
|Excessive size is one of the most common - and also one of the worst - impediments to effective collaboration.
|Face-to-face interaction is over
|Teams working remotely are at a considerable disadvantage. There really are benefits to sizing up your teammates face-to-face.
|It all depends on the leader
|The hands-on activities of group leaders do make a difference. But the most powerful thing a leader can do to foster effective collaboration is to create conditions that help members competently manage themselves.
|Teamwork is magical
|It takes careful thought and no small about amount of preparation to stack the deck for success. The best leaders provide a clear statement of just what the team is to accomplish, and they make sure that the team has all the resources and supports it will need to succeed.