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When Two Tribes Go to War – Team Building in Downing Street

May 18, 2010

The Frankie Goes To Hollywood anthem was a rousing classic in the midst of the cold war. A time when US and Soviet leaders would stand side by side seemed impossible but it happened. And last week’s coming together of Liberal and Conservative politicians seems like an equally unlikely breakthrough.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg  might need to do some team building

It's important for partnerships and teams to be able to embrace conflict in order to resolve differences and move on

Unlike Glasnost, Clegg and Cameron don’t just have to shake hands and smile to the cameras, they must govern, together, as one unit. Can they be a team?

We define a team as a group of people working towards a shared goal, so on that basis if they can agree on the same goal they stand a chance. Will it be a harmonious relationship?

I doubt it and in all honesty I hope it wont be. Like a good marriage it’s important for partnerships and teams to be able to embrace conflict in order to resolve differences and move on. There’s nothing more toxic to a relationship than unspoken resentment.

So we wish the new Cabinet all the best, in the words of a wise board chairwoman “May they debate with many voices but govern with one”

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