No surprise to many of us… research has now shown that you need to be a lot more positive than negative on teams.
10:1 – Ideal Positive:Negative Balance
Using a “Capture Lab” researchers saw a strong average correlation between positive language and performance.
- Low performing teams communicated 1 positive for every 3 negatives – 1:3
- Medium teams averaged 2:1
- High performing teams ranged from 6:1 to 11:1
- Too much positive, 12:1 or more, “calcifies a team”, making necessary change and adaptation difficult.
Sustainable marriages apparently need at least 5 times as many positive emotions regarding one’s partner as negative–5:1
BTW, I make no money off these links, but I do make money using these methods in our positive change consulting. We find these approaches not only more effective for our clients, but far more enjoyable for them… and for us!