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How to stop good The bad news is most teams underperform, write Derek Newberry, Mario Moussa and Madeline Boyer. Here is what you can do about it

It normally wouldn’t have mattered that the Golden State Warriors lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on 5 April. This was a team that had all but clinched the top seed in the NBA, going against a rock-bottom side that were headed for an early end to the season. But the headlines told a different story: it was a “stunning loss”, according to one. Another screamed that the Wolves had exposed the “myth of the Warriors’ invincibility”. Why the panic? The Warriors were on their way to being crowned as the best team in league history by chasing the single season

Every team experiences a gap between how the team says they want to collaborate and what they actually do

wins-losses record of 72-10, held by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. They had seemed to be dead cert to break the record until, with the end in sight, they inexplicably dropped two of three games at home. Up until that point, they had been undefeated on their home court. ESPN data analysts lowered their chances of their going 73-9 from about 90% to just over 10% after the 5 April game. How did this apparent unraveling happen? The Warriors players pointed to a lack of focus near the end of the season, leading to turnovers and sloppy play. In other words, a highperforming team with every reason to maintain momentum somehow became misaligned at the worst moment. The same phenomenon is seen in the business world, where Volkswagen is now attempting to recover from a crisis involving engineers designing its “clean” diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. The highperforming leadership team of what had been a

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Dialogue Q4 2016  

Focus: Piracy and privacy

Dialogue Q4 2016  

Focus: Piracy and privacy