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Freedom and Fate in Teams

Summary: This article is an excerpt from the book Doing More with Teams: The New Way to Winning (John Wiley & Sons, 2013). The author defines a captain as someone who can rapidly recognize the key capabilities of his or her team members. Captains treat their team members with a kind of fierce immediacy, and they achieve team coherence and team integrity in the process. One unifying feature of captains is their ability to quickly and accurately assess their team members' capabilities and talents, and to figure out how they affect the group as a whole. The best captains rapidly recognize three kinds of capacities in people: 1) the capacity for generosity; 2) the capacity for harm; and 3) the capacity for evil. Organizations can improve team results by giving the key captains authority to align and to make accountable those capable of evil, harm, and generosity.

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  • Topics: Leadership
  • Keywords: Leadership, Accountability, Teams, Teamwork, Team effectiveness, Assessment, Group dynamics
  • Author: Piasecki, Bruce
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation