With the country lost in World cup fever it seems appropriate to think about teams, their success and their place in your business, or not.
The first thing you need is to make a decision. To team or not to team. It is a choice. You don’t have to turn your department, your workplace or your business into a team. There are many circumstances where a bunch of individuals will be enough. We sometimes call these a working group. What is your decision? It needs to be a conscious one. What often happens is that we bemoan the fact that our people aren’t operating as a team but we haven’t made a decision about teamworking and therefore we aren’t doing the things that make it possible for a team to develop.
Working groups work, but there are many advantages to trying to develop a team. I believe that teams are the greatest multiplier of human talent that there is. Teamworking multiplies individual effort. It is efficient, effective and great to be a part of. Often people are at their happiest and their best when they feel like a valued member of a winning team on an inspiring mission. So for me creating a team is often the best option and I have seen many an ailing enterprise turned around when a leader has taken a bunch of unengaged, uninterested individuals and united and galvanised them in to a team of committed members focussed on a worthwhile and common goal.
In their book ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ John Katzenbach and Douglas Smith define a team as “a small number of people with complementary skills who are equally committed to a common purpose, goals, and working approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.”
This isn’t easy to achieve, but the rewards are great for all participants and stakeholders. Decide whether it is a goal worth pursuing for you and your business. If it is, it would be worth studying how to get there. If you don’t have a team, you will never have a high performance team and I wonder if your business can afford anything less.
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