A recent study out of the Trinity College of Dublin has discovered that there appears to be a correlation between larger brain pans and human cooperation and teamwork:
Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new light on the origins of what it means to be human.
Although I’d like to throw up my hands and say something extremely scientific as “Duh!” but these guys are fellow experts in their own field and I love learning more of the backend research around such things as these!
But what’s fascinating is how often I meet business owners of large companies as well as entrepreneurs in much smaller organizations reject the importance of the team, especially in comparison to specific and individual people.
Although you won’t hear it officially stated or on anyone’s forward facing marketing or collateral you will hear it amongst the staff and in and out of the halls of the office environment; an overly-dependent culture on the founder or specific team members thus relegating the others to simply supportive roles.
How unfortunate since we believe that all team members have the capacity and potential to be considerable contributors to the team and overall business – although there may be some stronger personalities on the team outwardly there is strength among those who may not speak so openly.
And I love working with the teams where there is obvious (or at least to us) hidden potential that can significantly blossom with a shift in cultural thinking as well as using a device and instrument that helps clarify people’s aptitudes and styles of influence.
The the “big brained” companies get it – they are more than the sum of their individuals and staff members, they are the collective force of high performance teams in a collaborative and cooperative corporate culture.