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

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chapter 3 Individual Needs vs. Team Needs

Besides differing in degrees of teaming instinct, people on teams differ in terms of personal agendas. We make a big deal out of team objectives. Team objectives are supposed to be powerful visions that unite the members of a team and drive them on irresistibly to success.

But guess what—in teaming physics, the team objective is decidedly the weak force. The strong force remains the collection of personal wishes and wants that team members bring to the team.

Just because we are attracted to teaming up doesn’t mean we set our other desires on the shelf. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be doggoned if we’ll forsake our personal dreams for the sake of some workgroup.

So a conflict exists between individual ...

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