Every organization wants to hire the best of the best, but research from Columbia Business School shows that teams with the most talent don’t always net the best results.

Professor Adam Galinsky, the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, examined a variety of team-based situations — including egg-production in a chicken coop as well as 10 seasons of professional basketball and baseball — and concluded that when a team is filled with top-notch talent, overall performance actually goes down.

Over the past few decades the world of work has undergone huge changes, and with the year 2020 approaching rapidly, the future of work, in particular the way workforce is sourced, organised and managed, is promising to look even more different. The increasing attractiveness of the emerging markets with regards to business growth has already contributed to a significant increase in the need for companies to move people and source talent from around the world. Scientific and technological advances are continuing to impact most, if not all, workplaces, but there is still more change to come.

Nabhan Al Kharusi is a Senior Consultant for Human Capital at Takatuf, the strategic provider of innovative Human Capital solutions based in the Sultanate of Oman. Since joining Takatuf, Nabhan has centred his professional research and work in helping some of the country’s largest organisations understand the impact of an empowering and enabling approach to Employee Relations (ER).