Treasure 95 – Teams & Trust

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How do I put together a team? What does trust have to do with credit? How can you learn something about trust in a game? Treasure 95 fulfils three wishes at once. Like Kinder surprise did in a famous German commercial during my youth.

In Nugget #1 Dr. Joachim Schlosser writes about team composition. With a quote from Pirates of the Caribbean he quickly got the attention of CompanyPirate. How often are teams assembled purely due to technical aspects? Even if personal qualities play a role alongside technical aspects, teams are often surprisingly homogeneous. Among other things, the similar-to-me observation error may be responsible for this, and candidates similar to you are selected.

Difference alone is not the right thing to do, but instead of forcing communication to be as uniform as possible or insisting on the same views and approaches to action, I find the diversity unbelievably enriching, especially in industries where it depends on mental ability 

Joachim Schlosser

The enumeration of the different personality types suggests taking a look at one’s own team composition. The personality of the critic is what I like about it. Even though it was sometimes exhausting, I profited a lot from the critics in my team. Nevertheless, I give far too little positive feedback for contradiction and critical questioning. What are the sunny sides of the people in your team? (7 min, text, German)

Appreciation in leadership: Why do I have this personality in my team?

Nugget #2 is extremely short. But the blogpost at dynamikrobust is by no means less exciting. He describes “trust as the credit system of communication”. That hits the nail on the head, because the origin of credit is the Latin word credere (= believe, trust). When I read the lines, I realized why I like to share information. Because I have a very positive balance over the time with these “micro credits”. The proverb “Sharing makes you rich” is completely true here. (1 min, text, German)

In Nugget #3 the topic of trust continues. Nicky Case programmed a game about it. With the help of game theory he explains where mistrust comes from. First you can try your own behavior on a simple slot machine against different types of players. Afterwards, different scenarios are used to simulate which player type will prevail. At the end, the rules are also varied. An extremely enlighting simulation. It becomes even more difficult with trust if the rules are not known. I wrote about this in Secret Rules. By the way, this nugget is a recommendation by one of my employees. Thanks Manfred! (approx. 30 min, English and many more languages)

Evolution of Trust

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