Alex “Sandy” Pentland (Harvard Business Review) | The new science of building great teams

When we set out to document the behavior of teams that “click,” we noticed we could sense a buzz in a team even if we didn’t understand what the members were talking about. That suggested that the key to high performance lay not in the content of a team’s discussions but in the manner in which it was communicating. . . .

The data also establish another surprising fact: Individual reasoning and talent contribute far less to team success than one might expect. The best way to build a great team is not to select individuals for their smarts or accomplishments but to learn how they communicate and to shape and guide the team so that it follows successful communication patterns.

Sandy Pentland (HBR) | The new science of building great teams


Sandy Pentland (Santa Fe Institute) | Ties that Bind: The goodness of social networks
Sandy Pentland (HBR) | The hard science of teamwork
Sandy Pentland (Nature) | Secret Signals