Strength in Numbers
Teams are the most common business unit for high performance. Although the word “team” gets used loosely and not always appropriately, there is universal acceptance that teams create opportunities for high-performance results.
True teamwork represents a set of values that promote individual and collective performance. Effective teams value listening and communicating, sharing work responsibilities, providing support – and they can even make work more social and enjoyable.
Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith (The Wisdom of Teams, Teams at the Top) provide the clearest definition of teams:
A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and an approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.
The essence of a team is common commitment. Without it, work groups are just collections of individuals working together but separately. It’s my goal to help facilitate teamwork and to generate a common goal among team members.