What's So New About Teams? 4 Although the team option promises greater performance, it also brings more risks. Working groups need little time to plan the work because the planning has been already done by the supervisor. Decisions are implemented through specific individual assignments. If performance expectations can be met in this manner, using traditional work groups is more comfortable, less risky, less time consuming, and less disruptive than using teams. However, if the organization seeks creative approaches, performance that is more than just satis- factory, and the opportunity to develop employees' capabilities, it should use the team approach. FYI The team is a collaborative group, not just people taking orders and carrying them out. When team members participate in setting a goal, they are more committed to its accomplishment. As Joe Paterno, Penn State's football coach, pointed out: "When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, ex- cellence becomes a reality." The following chart differentiates between groups and teams: Traditional Work Groups Teams