This is a story about two very different work teams I have been part of.
One of the teams was a UN team; the other was an emergency preparedness project team in Sweden. I leave it to you to guess which team was which one.
The Bad and The Ugly Team
This team was not actually a team. Its members worked side by side. The flow of information and number of interactions were kept to a minimum.
Some of the team members did not miss an opportunity to belittle other team members. It could be about rank, experience or anything else they could come up with. Many spent a lot of time and energy on dreading the next toxic email, or spiteful comment; and subsequently, strategies for how to handle them. [Read more…]