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As teams grow, a toxic situation can happen: old, "advanced", members of the team may start treating the new, "newbie", colleagues in a condescending way.

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A clique is a small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them. Having one in your team is an anti-thesis of collaboration, since not belonging to the clique can invite many toxic behaviors.

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Flat hierarchy is a team setup, in which there are no, or very few management levels between entry level employees and the management. It's a beloved organization in small companies and start-ups, making everything run leaner, and more efficient.

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Remember that simple discussion that ended up a massive fight? Just because that one person thrown a tantrum, making it clear it will either be their way, or they will make everyone regret? That's the Terminator approach.

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The purpose of a team is to collaborate in order to achieve a mutual goal, like creating, selling, or managing something. The sense of camaraderie and mutual support is very important for any team, as it builds trust, and results in a positive-sum of every teammate talents.

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Ever worked with this one person, who is undoubtedly brilliant, but behaves like... asshole?

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Ever had your idea shot down, for no apparent reason? Some people are very fast to dismiss ideas of other people, while being convinced their own are the best.

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Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's belief. (source)

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I'd like to announce a cycle of articles coming to Cubitoo Daily Blog starting tomorrow: The Toxic Team.

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Each story has always two versions, or more—everybody involved in a situation will have their own perception of it.

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