In deciding on how to balance ideation tasks with your team, keep in mind that unless you explicitly orient the team brainstorming sessions towards “effectiveness at what or for whom” it may be more efficient to have team members ideate on their own.


Teams that have 1-2 people offering opposing views on the task at hand perform better. Experiment with a rotating devil’s advocate in your next meeting! Protip: Make sure your devil’s advocate asks great questions and offers unique views (versus just being...


Practicing empowering leadership has been shown to be positively related to both knowledge sharing and team efficacy, and therefore team performance.


Want your team to be more proactive? Research shows both directive and empowering leadership increased task proficiency, but only empowering leadership increased proactive behaviors. Empower your teammates for more proactive results!


Team members actually perform better when a leader stresses the importance of deadlines and monitors timeliness of tasks vs. a leader who is more relaxed. Experiment with tweaking your communications at work or in group projects to end with clear timing expectations...


If you are in (or lead) a hierarchal team, work to avoid any interteam conflict that may threaten team resources, as it promotes performance-detracting power struggles.


Emphasizing team rewards that are contingent to performance can stimulate collaboration. The more collaboration that occurs, the more surface-level diversity effects are reduced and deep-level diversity effects are strengthened, thus resulting in positive performance...


As a leader, work to increase your team’s ability to accurately perceive the prestige and role dynamics at play within the organization, as doing so will reduce status conflict, but also increase creative ideation and problem-solving performance.


In considering the design of a team, and the orientation of the organization as a whole, when forming a team with goals surrounding innovation it is important to select individual members carefully. Creative and conformist members of a team have been shown to produce...


Individuals who maintain both a high cultural breadth and high cultural embeddedness, otherwise known as culture brokers, are most likely to generate creative ideas that are both novel and useful to the organization.


70% of team conflict originates at the individual or subgroup level, which has been revealed to increase team performance. As for the remainder, when conflict is not caused by a group in the minority, team performance is negatively affected.


Teams perform best when the person with the most knowledge around the team’s current decision makes the final call – this person may not be the formal leader. Make sure you are allocating influence to the right person at the right time in your team!