Strategy

17th April 2014

To Team or Not To Team by Ian Kinnery

That is the question. It is not the only question, but it is one of the most important questions that business leaders need to make a conscious decision about as their business grows.

As the numbers of people in a business grows, so does the complexity of that business. I have written about this before It is a challenge that as numbers grow linearly complexity grows geometrically, but the laws of nature provide a beautiful counterpoint, as they so often do.

As numbers grow, so then does the opportunity to bring true leverage to the situation. The greatest source of leverage comes in the form of team and teamwork. Whether you wish to operate your business and sections of your business as a team is, I would argue, a decision to be made.

Not all endeavours need to be predicated on a basis of team or teamwork. There are plenty of situations where it is enough, or is deemed enough, that people merely work together in groups. Working groups can be effective and they may be the optimal format in certain situations. Working groups can access the leverage of numbers to produce good results and that may be enough in your given situation; but a working group is not a team.

One of the things that sets a team aside from a working group, is the way they work together. A team is defined by the fact that their output is greater than the sum of their parts. Somehow, in some way, a proper team, working together, can produce better, higher quality results than the same number of individuals can when working together merely as a group.

When people work together there is always the chance that they will turn into a team, in the same way that there is always the chance that a beautiful flower will grow in a wasteland, but to follow the same analogy, that flower is more likely to grow in a place where it is deliberately sown and nurtured.

Teamwork is less likely to happen by accident and so I suggest that this is one of the key philosophical decisions a leader needs to make in business. To Team or not to Team?

Do you want to leverage the added “something” that a bunch of committed people working together towards a common goal can bring?
Will that bring more value to your customers?
Will that bring more creativity to your business?
Will that bring more meaning to the people who work in your business?
It is a choice.
Perhaps it is time we made it a more conscious choice.

As Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

If you would like to understand how you might begin to leverage the potential of the latent team hiding in your business we will be examining that, and other simple, yet hugely effective strategies at our next FREE SEMINAR which is scheduled for Monday 19th May. Please come along. Click here for details.