Teams, which have become the engine of the workplace today, are supposed to help with tasks like solving complicated problems and improving poorly functioning, outdated processes. But why is it so hard to get a group of bright people to work together effectively, to live up to the promise of their individual skills and smarts?
To find the answer, as Ann Herrmann-Nehdi explains in a recent article for Diversity MBA Magazine, you have to start where the challenge starts: thinking.
“Consider what we’re asking teams to do: solve problems, make decisions, execute efficiently, collaborate, generate ideas,” Ann points out. “All of these activities are rooted in how people prefer to think, and differences in thinking preferences will affect how people behave and approach the same tasks and issues.”
Read the article, Team Thinking: Get More from Every Meeting of the Minds, to learn Ann’s “ABCs” for putting a team’s diverse thinking to work.