The Nature of Business Tribes.

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by Soren Eilertsen, Ph.D. April, 2018.

Evolutionarily speaking, humans are conditioned to seek affiliation through families and tribes. These groups band together and establish rules to create a sense of safety and belonging, fight a common enemy or accomplish something meaningful.

In business, tribes are often social groups linked by a leader, shared purpose or goal, common culture or organizational boundary.

Belonging to a tribe in business can infuse hope among team members and awaken collaborative instincts. Tribe members frequently identify key competitors and work collectively to defeat them. However, affiliation with a tribe can be strong enough to result in protectiveness of the tribe, which, coupled with competitiveness, can override individual moral integrity. The tribal force can backfire, causing silos to form and halting collaboration.

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About the Author:

Soren Eilertsen, Ph.D., works with business leaders to clarify vision, set strategic focus, and develop leadership muscle. Since founding Kollner Group in 1999, he has shaped the success and strategy of numerous for-profit and non-for-profit businesses in a variety of industries. He teaches business strategy as Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. For additional information, visit Kollner Group or email Soren.