Teams

The word “team” is used so liberally now to describe a collection of people with a common purpose. I’ve worked in several “teams” in my professional life that weren’t really teams. We just shared a common supervisor and divvied up the work.

There are teams that are exactly the sum of their parts; there are teams that are less than the sum of their parts; there are teams that are greater than the sum of their parts. The latter is what makes sports like volleyball satisfying – even when you lose against teams that are equal to or less than the sum of their parts.

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