The business world has largely ignored personality when creating teams in part because personality is hard to measure. Instead, businesses focus on a person’s functional role. That role is “based on their formal position and technical skill,” writes Dave Winsborough and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic in the Harvard Business Review. Resumes are full of information about someone’s functional role. However, this misses half of the equation. Winsborough and Chamorro-Premuzic explain that there are “two roles every person plays in a working group.” Yes, the functional role, but also the psychological role which is “based on the kind of person they are.”

Who…


At the end of the Malaysian Peninsula lies an island. In ancient times it was known as Lion City, or Singapura in the native Malay language. In the early 1800s, the British Empire chose this island to be their main port in the region. It was ideally placed to funnel Asian riches via the East India Trading Company back to the motherland. The British acquired the island from the native Malays under Britain’s trademark murky imperialist methods. Sign here, give us sovereignty, we’ll protect you, wink wink. Or else.

After colonization, the island’s population quickly grew from a few thousand…


Mike’s dad shook his head. While his older son Larry was a great DIY’er, his youngest son Mike didn’t know the difference between a phillips screwdriver and a pair of pliers. “I guess I was a little short on patience with him and I said get back inside the house with your mom, boy, you’re never going to be anything,” Mike’s father recalls. Mike wanted his father’s love and adoration and was in constant competition with his older brother Larry — to prove he too was worthy.

That competitive drive stuck with Mike throughout his basketball career. He started out…


Did you know supercolonies of ants span massive swaths of the globe? One colony in Europe crosses 3,728 miles. However, out of the 12,000 known species of ants, only about 20 have shown the behavior of forming supercolonies. Instead of fighting with ants from other nests, these special ants are tolerant. Separate colonies combine into supercolonies where individuals can travel freely amongst nests without incident. No matter how far apart the nests are in the supercolonies, if you’re a member of the supercolony you get the same friendly treatment. …


Figure 1: Stages of Team Development

Dennis Rodman, a legendary defensive basketball player, was key to the 1990s Chicago Bulls’ success. “I’m the one that goes out there to do all the dirty work, taking abuse from the other [teams’] players,” explained Rodman. Yet, he was seen as a rebel at the time due to his off court antics. Bulls’ General Manager, Jerry Krause, was hesitant to ask Rodman to join the team because he was “acting out” on the San Antonio Spurs team. Because the Bulls already had a strong support structure with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, Krause decided to bring…


Share Responsibility to Improve Team Performance

Derek Fisher isn’t a household name but he was Kobe Bryant’s “all time favorite teammate.” You won’t find Fisher ranked in the top point guards on most lists. Yet fellow Lakers teammate Pau Gasol attributed their championship wins in part to Fisher, who “..did his part by being that emotional and vocal leader. [His] [i]ncredible work ethic and how he was so determined at such an incredible level at crunch time. He felt so reliable and brought that toughness.”

Both Fisher and Bryant joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. Although they originally butted heads, and Fisher thought Bryant was…


Hint: It’s Not in the Ice cream

In 2019, Ben and Jerry’s was one of the most popular brands of ice cream in the United States. That popularity brought the brand approximately $700 million dollars in ice cream sales in the US alone. Ben and Jerry’s sells around one billion dollars of ice cream worldwide annually. In the same year, Ben and Jerry’s issued a statement titled “We Must Dismantle White Supremacy: Silence is NOT an Option.” This was in response to the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer. …


The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, a white third grade teacher in Riceville, Iowa decided to conduct an exercise with her students. All of them were white. She separated the class into blue eyed kids and brown eyed kids. All the blue eyed kids were asked to wear a collar, so it could be determined from afar that they were indeed blue eyed. The teacher explained that blue eyed kids were not as good or smart as the brown eyed ones. …


Independence is Out, Interdependence is In: Q Theory Debunks the Idea of Solo Success

“Mariaaaa. I just met a girl named Maria.” These iconic lyrics were first sung on Broadway in 1957 at the West Side Story premiere. A heart pounding tale of doomed love in the time of prejudice. West Side Story was groundbreaking not only in theme, but also form. It set a new standard for integrating script, song, dance, and set.

Six collaborators created the hit production: writer Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Berstein, director and choreographer Jerome Robbins, producers Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince and lyricist…


When you hear the word segregation, you probably don’t think of good things. But new research shows that in the right context, non-mandated segregation is key for strong community ties to form.

Neal’s 2015 study published in the American Journal of Community Psychology is called “Making Big Communities Small: Using Network Science to Understand the Ecological and Behavioral Requirements for Community Social Capital.” He created a model that put four variables at play: community diversity and segregation, and community members’ tendency toward homophily (bonding with similar people) and proximity (bonding with folks nearby).

Neal wanted to find out what ingredients…

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