There *is* an ‘I’ in Team

A team of individuals that all think the same way usually does not achieve the level of ‘high-performing team’. This is dictated by Intellectual Darwinism, which stipulates that to have a rich intellectual environment, we need diversity of ideas, experience and skills.

But a team so diverse that its individuals have perspectives, ideas and opinions with “too much diversity” can quickly become a group of people that can’t agree about anything. Such a group rarely becomes high-performing.

Common wisdom says that there is no I in Team; Reality says that a good team is one where there is a balance between diversity in individuals , and the ability to put the team’s interest and purpose ahead of individual passions. In another words, we need to have many aligned I‘s in a high-performing Team.

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