Thursday, January 01, 2009

On Bad Apple

"One bad apple spoils the entire basket."

We have heard similar quotes. This is normally used to show how one person can screw up an entire group or a project or team.

It seems true empirically. How about some real data? Exactly. Recently a professor at University of Rotterdam in Netherlands conducted some research to investigate what kind of bad apples affect team performance and how.

Based on his performance, he identified 3 kinds of bad apples for a team - the jerk, the slacker and the depressed pessimist.

"This Amercian Life" - one of the best radio programs recently did an episode on this research. Excellent program. If you are interested to learn more, you can listen to the episode at -


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