How To Optimise Team Size In Uncertain Environments

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The law of requisite variety (a term originally rooted as the first law of cybernetics) states that “If a system is to be stable, the number of states of its control mechanism must be greater than or equal to the number of states in the system being controlled” . In enterprise contexts, this means that that teams and organisations need to nurture their ability to handle dynamic and complex changes stemming from the external environment and have enough structured capacity to react with collective resources in the face of these stimuli so as to not fail and become a ‘un-viable system’.

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Build Trust with Team Ground Rules: Funny Video

One of the most important things in any team, network or partnership is to define the rules of engagement (aka Ground Rules). The first step is to agree the major “trust destroyers” which would stop collaboration stone dead in its tracks. Enjoy this hilarious 3-minute video clip from Only Fools and Horses where Rodney tricks Del into a solo hang gliding flight to learn how NOT to build trust with somebody.

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The 7 Secrets of High-Performing Teams: New Bioteams Video

In this new short audio/video I share 7 secrets on how teams can significantly improve performance by adopting simple techniques from Bioteams. These techniques are particularly relevant to large cross-functional teams and multi-enterprise teams whose members are not co-located and spend much of their working days on the road or on client site.

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Poor Mental Models fail teams before they even start?

One of the most powerful team exercises is to explore team leaders and team members “mental models” of teams, networks and groups. Mental models are the, often invisible, dictators of what actually happens in a team as opposed to what team leaders would like to happen. Here are some practical techniques for uncovering these “icebergs of the mind” before they sink your teams.

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Unfairness perception destroys team collaboration

One of the deadliest invisible killers in teams is the perception of unfairness: that some are rewarded beyond which their contribution merits. “Fairness perception” is a massively important but poorly understood team concept, which even extends beyond human teams into the animal kingdom. Here is how to successfully manage it.

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Discover Bioteams via Experiential Learning

What is the best way to introduce bioteaming into any organization or network? I recommend an Experiential Learning approach which allows you to evolve your own unique take on bioteaming which takes full advantage of the hidden learning and experiences you and your organization already have about ‘natural teams’.

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The Virtual Team Profiler: the fastest way to find out what your virtual team needs

A virtual team profiling technique to help you spot problems before they turn into nasty surprises by first exposing the nature of the team in 8 key dimensions: Team Objectives, Leadership Style, Member Profiles, Team Shape, Environment, Working Approach, Social Dynamic and Technology.

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Why penguins have no commanding officer

Humankind is the only species that places its trust in a small group of “leaders” to determine the best direction for the whole group. In his follow-up article to Did ants invent the perfect system for communicating via mobile technology? Ken Thompson, explores whether we can learn a thing or two about leadership from nature’s most successful teams.

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Small Team Collaboration: Seven Key Beliefs To Work As A Great Team

What makes great teams such? Is it just a coincidence that some teams consistently outperform others or is being a high performing team due to specific traits of those who make the team up? Robin Good and Ken Thompson suggest the team’s beliefs are the key.

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