All around the world, teams large and small assemble at offsite locations to take a step away from their day-to-day work and build team spirit. Unfortunately, many team building offsites turn out to be ineffective, or worse.
In lively prose that is as engaging as it is illuminating, Dattner tells a host of true stories of those he has worked with - from the woman who was so scapegoated by her colleagues that she decided to quit, to the clueless boss who was too quick to blame his staff. He shares a wealth of insight from the study of human evolution and psychology to reveal the underlying reasons why people are so prone to blaming and credit-grabbing; it's not only human nature, it's found throughout the animal kingdom.
"Important Corporate Team Read"
Once upon a time, there was an enlightened organizational leader who spoke candidly about his upcoming retirement. “I am afraid about the next phase of my life” he would say, continuing “I’m not sure what my life is or will be without my job, without my career. How will I spend my time? How will I face the fact that I am replaceable, that the world can and will go on without me? How will I derive a sense of identity, power, agency and meaning once I am retired?”
En la raíz de los problemas específicos de cualquier empresa subyace la dinámica de la asignación del reconocimiento y la culpa. En muchas oficinas la gente siente que está en medio de un juego de alto riesgo en el que puede "culpar o ser culpado", y en el que tiene que luchar no solo por hacer un buen trabajo, sino por conseguir el crédito que merece por hacerlo. La dificultad radica en que muchas empresas fomentan una cultura de la culpa.
Many of us are familiar with the hazards of Groupthink - when teams or organizations operate on autopilot and feel a general false sense of invulnerability. They wind up maintaining course without appropriately considering emerging risks, debating alternative scenarios, or exploring new courses of action.