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Designing Creative High Power Teams and Organizations by Eric W. Stein

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CHAPTER 5

High Performance Improvisational Teams

I like people who are working on practical things and who are working in teams. It’s not so important to get the glory. It’s much more important to get something that works. It’s a better way to live.

—Freeman Dyson, Scientist

Types of Improvisational Teams

In this chapter, we examine a very special type of high performance team: the improvisational team. What are improvisational teams? These are teams that operate under conditions of dynamic real-time decision making. These range from jazz groups to military platoons, to surgical teams, to a group of fire-fighters (see Table 5.1).

Table 5.1 Examples of improvisational teams

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