Ricardo Zamora

A high level of commitment implies a high level of performance, right?

Not necessarily and not always. I found the right answer in my research on the cooperation model in complexity “Cooplexity”. In it, I show that after the initial knowledge acquisition, cohesion is a necessary key factor in the development of the group, yes, but not enough. Maturity level, balance and self-coordination will be necessary as well.

What does this mean? Well, consider a group of individuals working together. When the group becomes conscious of itself as a unit with its own meaning, we call them a team. However, a highly committed team doesn’t always get the best results.

When the group becomes a team in the full sense, it still needs something else. It is necessary for the team to acquire a self-coordination function as a natural and spontaneous process, in other words to achieve coordination in a decentralized manner. This leads to sharing alerts, visualizing cross opportunities and focusing on a common goal.

Nevertheless, self-coordination is a superior goal. Many steps will be necessary to achieve it, specifically six steps, mastering, relating, integrating, trusting, respecting and decentralizing. We will cover all of them at the conference.

However, too much commitment will end in closeness and groupthink. Thus, what do we need? Balance; what else?

About me

I am Professor of Practice of the Strategy and General Management Department at ESADE Business School. My last 25 years I dedicated to the research and promotion of Distributed Leadership as a way to transform modern organisations into competitive and sustainable working places and as a catalyst to develop talent and wellbeing for professionals. I taught seminars and delivered conferences in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, UK and the USA.

Furthermore I am president and founder of the Cooplexity Consulting Group; a global organisation focused on Distributed Leadership. It offers consultancy services with related high-end learning and development programmes and coaching.

I am also a Founder and Partner of Training Games; a training solution laboratory that specialises in conceiving and developing unique experiential learning solutions to achieve greater effectiveness through experimentation with Gaming & Simulation.

As a professor, I aim to spread this vision to young generations. As a researcher, I commit with scientific rigour. As a consultant, I work to transform firms from individual, team and organisational levels. As a person, I dream to contribute society.