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Coherence operates in a dynamic way within people and teams. When team members tend to team in a coherent manner, it helps teamwork even during times of high stress, pressure, and ambiguity.


Some people withstand stress easily, and perhaps even prefer that type of environment, while others don’t. Some even prefer to take on tasks that others find stressful, because less challenging work seems less interesting and fun.


Consider the differences in the activity levels of different positions and departments in different types of organizations. Entrepreneurial startups, companies operating within rapidly shifting competitive landscapes, or major changes such as  mergers or acquisitions, can produce intensely stressful conditions. At the same time (and even in the same organization) other important and meaningful work is being done in an environment of stability and only moderate stress. So it makes sense to match coherence to the specific requirements of the team. This ensures that the needs of the team can be met with a minimum of distress and disruption.


Understanding how a individual's team can help him/her decide if the organization's culture will support their ability to make a meaningful contribution and thrive. 


Rigid: Someone who teams in a rigid manner, he/she is likely to be more driven. While this probably makes for a harder worker than most, it can also take a toll  because this person will  likely to want to get a lot done, even when the pressure is mounting and people are ready to give up. This person should find healthy ways to deal with stress.


Diffuse: Someone who teams in a  diffuse manner, is often flexible. While this probably makes it easier to get along with others, it can also take its toll because he/she could end up having to do things they don’t enjoy doing, especially when pressured. This person will benefit from learning how to manage and prioritize their time.


Coherent: Someone who teams  in a coherent manner, will likely want to do very specific things on their team and, in general, work in a focused manner.  He/she will be able to maintain focus during times of change, and will be inclined to support others in such situations. Because the Coherent team member has the capacity to help, he/she may be drawn away from focusing on their own work. Working with other coherent team members will help to keep focused on individual work, and later come together as a team.

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