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Thanks for the heads up Ben. I'll check it out. From what you describe above, it sounds a lot like a Stage 4 tribe (from the great book, Tribal Leadership). I'll send you a copy of a short ebook I wrote that leverages their insight to profile the kinds of teams that have the potential to create significant change in the culture or even on a world scale.

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation!

Bought and read "Turning Pro" off your recommendation, and it was great. Now I've got this one on the way. Thanks.

nice, Ben... becoming a little oprah's book club here =)

Thanks for the tip, I just ordered the book!

> 6. They do brilliant work in shabby surroundings

True to some extent. These groups do not require "A" space, since B space is adequate. And, generally, team members create great workstations out of cheap plywood, milk crates, etc. And grace the walls with cheap posters and the like. But the space around the space has to have a few attributes - access to food and public transit, an absence of petty crime and vandalism, and the ability to work 24/7.

> 5. Great Groups rarely have morale problem. They're intrinsically motivated

Although it is common for these groups to have beer or pot present, hard drug users and alcoholics almost always destroy a team. Similarly, a few office romances will arise, but really toxic behavior - wife-swapping, infidelity (especially when it has to be concealed), sexual predation - will turn the project into a soap opera.

Borderline Personality Disorder will be woven throughout the creative tapestry, but it is important to keep some of the more lethal aspects of BPD from dominating the show.

> 11. Great Groups fall apart when the project is finished

Actually, the break into three or four decent-sized cohorts and these people often remain friends for life.

My thoughts are that there is a huge potential for a large number of "pretty good groups" that get 10 out of 13 of the attributes on this list. The missing three can often be mechanically replicated to fill in the gaps?

This may add insight:

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