"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 - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1275
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