Too much talent
We’ve all heard the catchphrases thrown around the workplace: the war for talent, managers needing to be talent magnets that attract A-players, and so on. Attracting top talent should be a top priority for competitive companies because the more talented your team, the better the results you’ll get, right? Wrong. Groundbreaking new research indicates that there is a limit as to how much talent is good for your team. Too much talent can actually hurt rather than help you. Here’s why: THE TOO-MUCH-TALENT EFFECT In their research paper, The too-muchtalent effect: Team interdependence determines when more talent is too much versus not enough, researchers Roderick Swaab, Michael Schaerer, Eric Anicich, Richard Ronay and Adam Galinsky, at INSEAD in France, Columbia University in the US and VU University Amsterdam, explored an intriguing question: when and why does exceptional talent diminish team performance? The team looked at real data from national teams during the qualifications for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cups. They also pored over regular season play data from all US National Basketball Association (NBA) teams from 2002 to 2012.
Their research uncovered the counterintuitive too-much-talent effect in sports