Work is complex.
If you consider the complexity of human beings, it’s basically a miracle we can work together. Emotions, psychology, priorities and desires combine to form as many barriers as enablers.
And for some people it just doesn’t work.
Not everyone works well in a team. Not everyone works well alone. Each and every person brings different challenges and skills. Some people like tasks to be given to them while others need puzzles to keep them interested.
Some people can lead and others just canNOT lead at all.
And this conversation hasn’t even addressed the complexities involved in cross-team communication.
Media sites and content marketers everywhere love to create content about teams. Here’s one from HBR: https://hbr.org/2010/06/get-your-team-to-stop-fighting.html
And another from higher ed (Berkeley): http://hr.berkeley.edu/hr-network/central-guide-managing-hr/managing-hr/interaction/team-building/steps
If you’ve ever worked on a bad team reading this content can be maddening or triggering. Have you been a part of a huge enterprise with tens of thousands of employees? Most of this reading sounds like a joke. You might feel powerless to change the situation as well.
What gives talented employees the energy to stay?
I have a saying I use for teams that can’t seem to function correctly:
Too big, must fail.
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