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The New Why Teams Don't Work by Harvey Robbins, Michael Finley

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chapter 14 Toxic Teaming Atmosphere

You can’t grow gardenias in ammonia, and you can’t grow healthy teams in carbon monoxide.

Teams don’t thrive in an environment hostile to teamwork. This part of the book discusses ways team environments can go awry, and how to make the air breathable again.

The most egregious toxins in team atmosphere are:

  • too much competition;
  • the surprising corollary, too much collaboration;
  • team tyranny; and
  • mob behavior.

All of these dangerous gases swirl around every team at one time or another.

So here are guidelines for remixing the team atmosphere to find the right blend for performance. We’ll talk about team tyranny and mob behavior first and save the discussion of competition and collaboration for the next ...

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