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High Performing Teams

I have recently been researching teams for an upcoming Harvard Business Review article and discovered some amazing information.


In the USA hospitals publish their performance figures for various procedures. In some hospitals the success rates vary dramatically from others on exactly the same procedure. The question was, why? It is funding, better consultants, teaching hospitals, facilities… None of these explained the differences.


One day they discovered the answer, almost by accident. In the high performing teams the nurses, doctors, health care people and admin, all worked as a team on the patient agenda – that was it. Teamwork making the difference between life and death – literally!


In another study where a number of people were working together on complex questions, when they introduced themselves to each other and spent a bit of time talking together the results improved by 47%!