Doug Rose illustrates the key difference between teams and workgroups. He explains why not all groups are teams, and also details how teams are uniquely situated for dealing with special scenarios.
Team work is a word you hear a lot in large organizations.…In fact, it's a great compliment to be called a team player.…But what exactly is a team?…How do you become a team player?…What's the difference between a team and a work group?…Let's think about the key characteristics of teams…and why they improve collaboration.…It's a common belief that if you're in a group…and you're working together, then you must be a team.…The term team gets used a lot…to describe collections of workers…that share a project, or even just share a workspace.…
In reality, most groups that call themselves teams…are not really working together as teams.…A team is a group of interdependent persons…having specialized skills, roles,…or resources with a common goal.…It's not unusual to find a group that has a common goal.…It's also not unusual to be working…on a shared part of the product.…Very often, you'll have collections of team members.…Each person in this group has their own area of expertise.…But, if you think about it, they aren't really a team.…
- Types of teams
- Why have a cross-functional team?
- Creating a team culture
- Setting shared goals
- Dealing with conflict
- Promoting ongoing learning
- Managing performance