Collaborative or autonomous? How to get the most out of your team

Hello and welcome to our fortnightly update of all the latest articles on leadership and high-performance teams.

We all know that teamwork and collaboration are a vital part of achieving long-term business success. But all teams need to strike a balance between being collaborative and being autonomous. Our first article this week discusses this challenge in greater depth.

In some very interesting (and related) team research, I’ve also included new findings on how mental effort becomes “contagious” amongst work groups.

As always, I enjoy discussing what you took away from these articles. Don’t hesitate to contact me by replying to this email.

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The double-edged sword of teamwork
If teamwork and collaboration are so vital, why do so many people feel that meetings are a waste of time? Teamwork can be a double-edged sword: the benefit of collaboration coupled with the potential time-sink. (Switch & Shift)

Mental effort is contagious
The presence of other people affects our own mindset in predictable ways. According to a new study, if a person near you is concentrating hard, their mindset helps to intensify your own concentration levels. (Research Digest)

Why your best workers may not always be employees
A study by IBM found that independent contractors are more engaged and innovative than regular employees. But contract workers are also less committed and collaborative. (IBM Center for Applied Insights)

3 keys to successfully re-engineering performance reviews
While a number of global organisations have changed the way they conduct performance reviews, only 5% of Australian organisations are planning to eliminate the process completely. (Inside HR)

Why more and more companies are ditching performance ratings
By the start of this year, around 30 large companies had removed ratings from their performance management systems. Recent research by HBR has found four clear reasons that the trend is gaining momentum. (Harvard Business Review)

The surprising reason big companies are losing top employees
A recent LinkedIn study indicates that top talent are leaving bigger companies for smaller ones. New “lifestyle employers” are making it harder for bigger companies to retain the best talent. (Inc.)

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