Small Groups

Collective Intelligence peaks in small groups of 5-7 people ... more than 7 is too much noise, fewer than 5 is too little stimulation.

A trained 'Small Group' has far greater capacity for the abstract thinking in Innovate (Lead) activities and the Design activities of Execute (Manage).

Small group members commit to each other, address interpersonal barriers, place more importance on understanding than on winning, and treat each other as friends.


Small groups are comfortable with the positive conflict that is part of doing extraordinary things.  They can be direct without giving or taking offense.



Collective Intelligence is robust information flow between peopleHuman beings each have an incomplete set of gifts ... we need others' gifts to fill our purpose.

Maximizing information flow requires group members commit to others' successto support, to protect, to watch others' backs, to not allow others to fail, to not compete.

Treating others with respect, caring, and compassion is being a friend. When members decide to be friends, barriers dissolve and information flow explodes.


Small groups are 5-7 equal people ... all highly capable leaders.  Group members leave titles, silos, control and power outside.

The group charts direction and makes decisions as the group.  A group decision is not consensus or bargaining.