Through Guy’s Eyes – Group Dynamics Don’t Work

Group Dynamics Dont Work

In his brilliantly researched and must-read book ‘Sapiens’ (A Brief History of Humankind), Yuval Noah Harari points out that when our hunter-gatherer-ancestor-groups exceeded around 150 people the cooperative system became dysfunctional and had to split into smaller more optimally-sized groups to rejuvenate and survive. We are still the same species, and yet corporate (which was paradoxically derived from the word ‘cooperative’) environments these days typically run into many thousands of employees. How then do they remain fully functional in such large numbers, beyond the maximum natural workable threshold?

The short answer is, they don’t.

At the other end of the scale, the smallest group dynamic is a family. Having asked hundreds of audiences in my lecturing and presenting career to respond to this simple proposition, “Raise your hand if you are part of a fully functional family – think aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.”, not once did anyone flinch an inch.

So why put up with it? The reasons are too numerous to comfortably fit into a blog, but there is a fix – and by 50% within an 18-month period.

Let us show you how.

Guy Martin is the founder & Managing Director of Blueprints: assisting CEOs to drive growth by increasing the alignment of their people to business goals by 50% within an 18 month period.