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"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller1

It could be argued that – following certain events of the last few years in the investment world – the appeal of the superstar fund manager is on the decline, and that there’s a lot to be said for a consistent, reliable team-based approach. Yet that’s not news to us. A diverse team in terms of gender, culture, education and experience, we’ve long since known the importance of a collaborative environment where everybody feels a strong sense of ownership and responsibility. In fact, we believe that one of our key differentiators is our team itself.

It’s obvious that in many areas a team will perform a task better than an individual: building a house, for example, or putting a satellite into orbit. Where something multi-faceted is to be done, a team will be best. However, when the task at hand is not to do but to decide – as is the case with investment management and decision making – the advantage of a team is less obvious.

In our report, we look at the key factors associated with the creation of a team. Our research (and academic research) shows that getting certain factors right is crucial, and the rest is fine-tuning; conversely, get these things wrong and the rest is irrelevant. Building and leading an effective decision-making team is more an art than a science, and the ‘how’ is more important than the ‘who’, when building the optimum team in terms of size, structure and skill set.

Please read the full piece here.

1Quotesinvestigator.com. Helen Keller.