For a team to truly perform well, there must be excellent relationships among all team members. We covered that in the previous issue.
On a five-person team, there are 59,048 other possible relationship combinations. Person A gets on with Person B, but not with Persons C, D and E. Person B gets on well with Persons C and E, but not so much with the rest, and so on. With weak connections, the team under-performs.
My key point here is to make you more aware of how important the quality of individual relationships are in delivering a top performance.
I mentioned previously that mechanical systems are per definition stable and organic systems are per definition unstable. By unstable, we mean that the system is in a constant flux—always in transition from one state to another.
One aspect of the instability in a five-person team is the quantity and quality of connections—the relationships—between team members.
Two people can have three types of relationships—good,...