Pulling Together: What it Takes to Build Group Cohesion

RapidStart Leadership

Back in the 1950s, Social Scientist Muzafer Sherif was trying to understand what drives groups apart and what brings them together. His first goal was to see how hard it would be to make them dislike each other. Sherif had the teams of boys live in separate, isolated cabins. Sherif and his team had seen what they thought they would. What bridges the gap is a common objective, a shared goal, and a team culture that forces everyone to work together for a common benefit.

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You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Change How Your Company Works

Harvard Business Review

Psychologists Muzafer Sherif and Carl Hovland identified a powerful dynamic about attitude change, and gave it a clunky name: the latitude of acceptance. Wherever your own attitude along the continuum, Sherif and Hovland argued, you are willing to entertain some other views, but only within a narrow range around your own attitude—this range is the latitude of acceptance, or “OK zone.” Don’t expect to achieve all your goals in a single shot.