What Research Reveals About the "Team Brain"

Leadership By: John Kolm

Many long-held beliefs about how work teams operate are being challenged by recent research findings that illuminate the workings of the "team brain." These discoveries mean organizational leaders must shift their thinking about how to help teams succeed.

New research discoveries over the past two years may confirm your suspicions about the usefulness of traditional team-building activities for work teams. It turns out, as many have long suspected, these activities fail to create any meaningful change in the workplace. In many cases, they patronize your intelligent staff and reinforce outdated intellectual models and assumptions....