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Chapter 1. Team Mechanics

Before we run off to “do teams,” let’s clarify what we mean. Many people think of a team as a task force, which is a temporary grouping of individuals asked to assist an accountable person in carrying out a specific assignment. When you need cross-functional expertise, a task force can work. But if only one person is accountable, we’re not talking true teamwork and trend-setting accomplishments.

For others, a team is a committee, a continuing meeting of parties chosen to consider a specific subject and make recommendations, but typically without authority to act. A committee’s updates, information transfers and exploratory discussions can be valuable, but teamwork implies ownership and commitment.


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