For decades now John Gottman has been studying the effects of communication between romantic partners. What he and his team of researchers have found is a five to one ratio of positive communication interactions versus negative interactions. Couples who are able to maintain this balance of positivity are typically in longer relationships. Those who don't often divorce. You can read more about that here at Gottman's blog.
In 2004 Losada published his findings on teams - finding a positivity ratio of 5.6 for high performing teams (Losada, M., & Heaphy, E. (2004). The role of positivity and connectivity in the performance of business teams: A nonlinear dynamics model. American Behavioral Scientist, 47, 740–765). (While there has been some recent dispute around these exact calculations, anecdotally notice what happens in your team). There's a quick blog summary at Envisia Learning' s blog on these different areas of research which you can read here.
I'm in the process of taking a six week online course right now with researcher and author Barbara Frederickson. She explores this topic in her book Positivity. You are also able to explore your own Positivity Ratio on an individual basis at PotistivityRatio.com. You can read what she wrote in 2013 about Positivity Ratios here in light of critique on Losada's calculations.
This week notice the interactions which are occurring on the team - how would you characterize them? What do you notice overall? What impact does it have on the team?
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching(Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
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