Post #771 – Wednesday, March 22, 2017
There A New Science To Teamwork?
a very long time subscriber and member of your HBR Advisory Council I cannot
tell you how shocked I was to read your March-April cover article: “The New
Science of Teamwork.”
Are you kidding me? Where in the world do the folks at Deloitte get
away with suggesting that anything in this supposedly research based article is
“new” other than modified labeling of their four primary styles and a fancy
product name: “Business Chemistry.”
in 2002, when Dr. David Maister and I authored our book, First Among Equals:
How To Manage a Group of Professionals, we devoted a 22-page chapter, “Deal
Differently With Different People” to (these same) four distinctive work
styles and provided in-depth guidelines to assist our readers in understanding
and working with each. But even more importantly, we cited our primary
source, the extensive research of Dr. David Merrill (Personal Style and
Effective Performance, St. Lucie Press) whose work on this subject was
first published over 35 years ago.
these authors and the folks at Deloitte to make claims that they have built
this assessment tool and that it is the product of over 190,000 individual
assessments is, in my opinion, a blatant infringement in intellectual integrity
and I guess goes to prove the adage that if one waits long enough the old
becomes the new once again. Very Sad!
This is a copy of the letter I recently sent to HBR Magazine - https://hbr.org/archive-toc/BR1702