Too Much Talent Will Sink Your Team Says Friend & Foe Author

Most people want to draft the most talented people for their teams at work. Nevertheless, that’s generally not a winning strategy, according to Adam Galinsky, author of Friend & Foe.
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Most people want to draft the most talented people for their teams at work. Nevertheless, that’s generally not a winning strategy, according to Adam Galinsky, author of Friend & Foe. 'We found in our research for the book that when team members have to work together, they have to collaborate and they are interdependent,' said Galinsky. 'Yet when you get too much talent, performance no longer goes up but it actually starts to go down because now you are getting status conflicts.' Galinsky said the best way to organize teams is to have a mix of people in different roles to avoid these conflicts even if it sounds counterintuitive. In the end, it will encourage collaboration among the team members, as opposed to competition. 'The key insight of our book is that you are friends and foes with everyone,' said Galinsky. 'Just becoming aware of that, the knowledge of that, allows us to navigate our relationships more effectively.' Galinsky also said companies should embrace hierarchy because employees respond well to it.