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Social loafing effect: Two horses do not pull twice the force of a single one

Posted on: October 29, 2014

Social loafing effect: Two horses do not pull twice the force of a single one

When 8 people pull on a rope, each one tends to apply only 50% of his potential

How much idleness can we get away when working in a team, and how big the team before we notice the idle people?

Teams should be composed of different specialized professionals so that failure could be traced back to the culprit.

Otherwise, each member will easily cover for the deficient member since it would require too much time and effort to investigate all the members.

Consequently, teams take bigger risk than individual do because of the diffusion of responsibility effect.

Read: The Art of Thinking Clear

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