by Marissa Levin, Inc. Magazine, 8/30/16.
The right number.
The ideal number of team members is two.
“Pairs are the simplest and most stable bond in chemistry and in life. Humans form pairs in love and marriage and as friends. Adding a third person to a pair often complicates matters, and some trios can be explosive,” says Karlgaard. There are four main categories of team pairings:
- Occasion pairs come together for a specific project. They band and disband quickly. They don’t always like each other but they need each other.
- Similarity pairs are often ideally paired and work together in complete harmony. They can become too interdependent on each other.
- Difference pairs consist of partners that compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are opposites attracting.
- Inequality pairs include leader/follower or mentor/protege pairings. There is always an imbalance among the partners.
For medium-sized teams, five-nine members is the optimal number for building closeness. For larger groups, 11-18 team members is the maximum number of people someone can trust.
For much larger teams, 150 and 1,500 are magic numbers.
…researchers and entrepreneurs Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone distill the process of creating the highest performing teams in their best-selling book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Teams…
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