The Institute of Team Management Studies collects data from around the world to look at work preferences across a variety of samples. The current database contains more than 151,000 people from 162 countries, 76 industries, and 246 professions.
The data for professions is interesting in that it shows significant distribution differences in the way that people like to work. To highlight some of the differences it is worth comparing three profession samples (Bankers, Psychologists, and Electrical Engineers) with the worldwide sample, using the Team Management Wheel.
So when you next facilitate a team development or strategic planning workshop, reflect on whether you are 'shortcutting' the road to high performance. The High-Energy Teams model illustrates well the path that needs to be travelled. It's a difficult but clear route 'through a jungle'. Sometimes it's tempting for a team to take a shortcut, but keep in mind that 'shortcutting creates erosion'.
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