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Not many teams are great at both results and relationships.

Patrick Lencioni, in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, lays out a simple but powerful framework for high-performance teaming that blends results and relationships. How does your team measure up?

Let a tough problem marinate overnight.

Write it down before you go to bed. Let your mind turn it over, and then write more in the morning.

Who used this method? Thomas Edison. He once said: “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”

— Adapted from “10 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Day,” Eric Barker, Time.

Have you ever been in a situation where there was a job to be done, but no one did it? No one stepped up to the plate and made it happen. Then everyone started pointed fingers and blaming everyone else for the failure.

Take a moment and ask why this happened. What could have been done to make sure the job was completed? Was it that everyone thought someone else would take care of it? Was there a lack of leadership, clarity, or communication of who was to do what? Was is it similar to Charles’ Osgood’s “The Responsibility Poem?”

Simple exercise for team building.

It uses questions from a Mensa quiz to illustrate the point that a team’s collective wisdom is always greater than any individual team member’s.

To get started, see how many of these questions you can answer individually. According to Mensa, if you can figure out 23 of these, you qualify for “genius” status.

(I’ve filled in the first one for you—check the bottom of this post for the complete answer key when you are done.)

Overwork is creating a vicious cycle that results in net losses.

During the recession organizations laid off a ton of employees. Many of them didn’t replace these people, but the amount of work remained. Nearly seven years since the recession began, individual American professionals are feeling the fatigue of doing the jobs of two or three former colleagues.