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Collaboration Arithmetic

Recently I have been working a lot with one of my colleagues at my university.

1 plus 1

A lot of the time, working with others is a drag on effectiveness. Things take longer to get done, you need to agree on what to do, people don’t do their share. It tends to be 1+1 ends up being less than two, and for every person you add to the mix the final number gets lower and lower. After a certain point the results drop to zero.

However, once in a while you end up with a team that works. Synergy occurs as your complementary skill sets allow you to do things that you couldn’t do by yourself.

In that rare situation, 1+1 ends up being 3 or 4 or 5.

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5 replies on “Collaboration Arithmetic”

Well, if you have 1 student, no groups can be made. If you have two, one combination can be made. With three students, three: two pairs and a group of three.

With four students you can make three different pairs and a group of four. And so on…

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