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Idea 51: The three circles interact

The three areas of need present in all working groups – task, team and individual – overlap and influence one another for good or for ill.

If the common task is achieved, for example, then that tends to build the team and to satisfy personal human needs in individuals. If there is a lack of cohesiveness in the team circle – a failure of team maintenance – then clearly performance in the task area will be impaired and the satisfaction of individual members reduced. Thus, we can visualize the needs present in work groups once again as three overlapping and interactive circles.

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