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If You Need a Team, You Need Support

If You Need a Team, You Need Support

You may have decided at this point that achieving the results your organization is asking for clearly warrants forming a team. But no team works in a vacuum. Teams have to function in the context of your organization and its culture. Recruiting team members doesn’t guarantee that they will work as a team. Even if you choose the individual members with great care and regard to their skills and expertise, the group may never jell into a team. If your organization can’t or won’t support the team you’ve decided to form, or if it won’t reward team achievements the same way it recognizes individual achievements, then the success of your team will be diminished. You and your organization may be better off addressing critical business challenges by some other kind of work unit.

For example, if your organization won’t give teams authority outside of the chain of command (although reporting to the organization), it isn’t likely to get results from a team formed to explore solutions that cross functional boundaries. If your organization doesn’t support the idea that a team should be comprised of skilled people with diverse viewpoints, then your team may have problems reaching consensus, making strategic decisions, or providing innovative perspectives on business challenges. If your organization doesn’t have the time to allow a team to develop, then it may struggle to form an effective team (which takes longer to get results than does another kind of work unit).


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