Individual Performance versus Group Performance

June 16, 2012

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The Ringelmann effect is the tendency for individual members of a group to become less productive as group size increases. Over eighty studies confirm its existence.

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In one study, one third of participants failed to match the bars when influenced by two other team mates. People are social creatures that seek to belong.

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To counter, dissuade free riding and shirking responsibility by creating a non-threatening environment for constructive feedback. Have someone play devils advocate.

Build groups with diverse view points and complementary skill sets to maximize productivity.

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