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7 Ways to Make All Teams Smarter

Teams, like individuals, can be smart or stupid.*

Three factors impact team intelligence:

  1. Social sensitivity. Be aware of emotion. Bring it up when someone seems detached, disturbed, excited, or curious. “Barney, this idea seems to interest you. What’s going through your mind?”
  2. Diversity. It’s seems self-evident that heterogeneous groups are smarter than homogeneous groups. 
  3. Turn-taking during the meeting.

Teams are stupid when one or two people do all the talking.

How to promote turn-taking:

#1. Safety.

People are afraid of saying something stupid. Get dumb ideas on the table.

#2. Keep teams small.

Engagement goes down as numbers go up. Large teams allow drifters to hide. Shoot for five or six people around the table, no more than 8.

#3. Preparation.

You’ll miss the wisdom of introverts if you expect extrovertish spontaneity from them.

#4. Invite quiet members to speak.

#5. Set a social tone.

Banter creates connection.

#6. Notice team dynamics.

#7. Meet in the morning.

Most of us are dumb and lethargic between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tip: Define the win. “What will be different if we succeed?”

What prevents vibrant conversations during meetings?

How might leaders get their teams talking to each other during meetings?

*Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups

*What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

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