Right Team 12.22.13 // Michael Canic

Socially Cohesive Teams

It’s a quote I came across when I was coaching football and it’s just as true in business.

‘The best players don’t make the best team, but the best team usually wins.’

So what makes the best team? Researchers at the Yale School of Management found that the social cohesiveness of a team is a better predictor of profit and success than the combined experience and IQ of its members. Why? It’s likely that when people feel part of a cohesive team they have a greater sense of purpose, responsibility and pride. A cohesive whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

How do you promote social cohesiveness? Activities, games, events, meeting places – anything that gets people interacting face-to-face. And you don’t have to figure it out. Get the people in your company who are naturally oriented that way to come up with the ideas. Why not create a Fun Committee?

Social cohesion. It’s not just about the people. It’s about the glue.

Your thoughts?

Michael

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