Why do GREAT teams fail sometimes?
Here’s a quick analysis based on my experience, something which other teams can leverage to ensure their goals are met. For one anything, it is a great fortune to be part of great team. Reason being, we all as individuals have a limitation on our productivity. Example: A code developer, his/her entire time would go into developing code for their company and do not have the capacity to run other departments like sales, marketing, strategy etc. So, as a lone wolf, a code developer can only do so much for himself and the team. However, this is where being part of the pack can result in compounding returns for the code developer, wherein his/her other members of the pack aka marketing, sales, strategy etc will help his/her efforts get amplification in the gains by taking the product to millions of users. In turn the entire pack, including the coder will realize equitable gains like reputation in the market or the ultimate monetary benefits.
Having said that, here’s a quick video to explain why often times we come across GREAT teams finding themselves in an unfortunate situation of team fallouts or failures. This video is about how such outcomes can be avoided.
In terms of further readings on this topic, check out the following videos.
Pros/Cons of making decisions based on appearances
Of course, Robert Greene uses the concept of false appearances to gain leverage on people in the above video. However, when you see the same concept from another angle, it’s the inferences YOU make on false appearances that will result in mis-alignment among your team members and an eventually team fracture.
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