Most CEOs believe there's value in assembling cross-functional teams of star players. Most also know the frustration of getting these talented individuals to work as an effective group. A new working paper from Heidi Gardner and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Bradley Staats of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests an answer.
For many companies, using salary to compete for top talent is often a losing battle. But talented employees often look for several other qualities in jobs when deciding whether to make a move.
Team dynamics often change significantly -- and not for the better -- when a team is under deadline or other pressure. It's critical for team leaders to understand what is happening and why and how to pull the group back together.
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