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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Edition by Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin, Paul C. Dinsmore

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CHAPTER 38

Team Building and Interpersonal Skills for Dynamic Times

PAUL C. DINSMORE, PMP, DINSMORECOMPASS

Lessons from nature abound regarding collective efforts for getting things done: bees and ants perform amazing tasks as they work in chaotic unison to achieve community goals; lions and other predators often hunt jointly to increase the poor odds against their speedy and nimble prey; and whales parade around in circles to corral schools of fish, which in turn try to elude their marine predators by flashing back and forth in darting schools. In the case of these creatures, working together is about survival. They have learned to do it through the ages, and these practices have become embedded in their DNA.1

For humankind, teamwork means cooperating ...

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