We use the term ‘political temperature’ to describe the degree to which team members compete with each other or collaborate as a team. Temperatures can range from absolute zero to boiling point — and beyond! Certain temperatures are more suited to a particular organisational setting than others — and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
High temperatures exist when individuals are pushing forward their ideas and trying to beat others in the team. Higher temperatures are great when there is an imperative to innovate and change quickly. But watch out, at the extreme this turns into bitter rivalry and unscrupulous behaviour, which may significantly damage organizations and individuals alike.
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- Benefits of High Political Temperature
- Risks of High Political Temperature
- Benefits of Low Political Temperature
- Risks of Low Political Temperature
- Optimum Political Temperatures
- How to Adjust the Political Temperature
- Political Temperature — The Bottom Line