Stop trying to be friends with your coworkers, or hiring people who you “get along with”

The clubs made up of strangers made much better investment decisions and, as a fly on the wall, Harrington could see why. These clubs had open disagreements about which investments to make; tough decisions were put to a vote; people who did shoddy research were called on it… The friendlier clubs had a very different dynamic, because here people were more concerned with staying friends than with making good investments. Making good decisions often requires social awkwardness. People who are confused must be corrected. People who are free-riding must be criticised. Disagreements must be hashed out. The friendly groups often simply postponed hard decisions or passed over good opportunities because they would require someone to say out loud that someone else was wrong. [link]

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