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Mistrust Over Teamwork

Because I’ve stumbled upon several rave reviews of the book, I started reading “Team Geek“.

Right off the bat, the authors present this brilliant endlessorigami.com graphic:

Supposed To Vs Actual

D’oh! Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to become a good “team player“.

But why do group projects tend to teach mistrust instead of teamwork? Could it be because the ancient hierarchical structures and individual-centric reward policies baked into the vast majority of institutions demand an “it’s all about me” attitude?

Of course not. When someone is castigated by HR for not being a “rah-rah” team player, it’s because of personal failure – not because of dysfunctional organizational structures and policies, right?

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