How politics contributes to group dysfunction

However we slice and dice the dynamics of politics, it's always about the zero-sum win-lose of competition. People work from an agenda of needing to win at the cost of others losing. The less innovative people are, the more competitive they tend to be because instead of creating inventive both-and solutions, they have to have a way that deprives others of the same way.

As it turns out, despite the popular mythologies otherwise, there is no evidence that competition makes groups of any size more innovative, collaborative, cohesive, self-organized or agile. The politics of competition creates fear and greed which constrain the potentials of any group.

Just by radically shifting to the both-and of plus-sum conversations, groups become profoundly more capable of creativity where the group becomes smarter and faster rather than dumber and slower together.