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Hackman's misperceptions about teamwork

     From his HBR article

MisperceptionWhen actually
Harmony helpsQuite the opposite, research shows. Conflict, when well managed and focused on a team's objectives, can generate more creative solutions than one sees in conflict-free groups. So long as it is about the work itself, disagreements can be good for a team.
It's good to mix it upThe longer team members stay together as an intact group, the better they do.
Bigger is betterExcessive size is one of the most common - and also one of the worst - impediments to effective collaboration.
Face-to-face interaction is overTeams working remotely are at a considerable disadvantage. There really are benefits to sizing up your teammates face-to-face.
It all depends on the leaderThe hands-on activities of group leaders do make a difference. But the most powerful thing a leader can do to foster effective collaboration is to create conditions that help members competently manage themselves.
Teamwork is magicalIt takes careful thought and no small about amount of preparation to stack the deck for success. The best leaders provide a clear statement of just what the team is to accomplish, and they make sure that the team has all the resources and supports it will need to succeed.