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

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chapter 25 The Myth that Teamwork Is More Productive than Individual Work

Teams are great. Cuisinarts are also great. But you wouldn’t mow your lawn with one.

The great sin of the age of teaming is that people are so high on the idea of teaming that they are asking teams to do everything. A job done by a team is better than a job done by a single individual. You get that synergy going, you know, all that shared information… yeah…

The truth is that teams are inherently inferior to individuals, in terms of efficiency. If a single person has sufficient information to complete a task, he or she will run rings around a team assigned the same task. There are no handoffs to other individuals. No misunderstandings or conflicting cultures. No colliding ...

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