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The Way We Work

The Way We Work

Look around your organization and you will find several types of work units. Broadly speaking, an organization can bring five categories of units (individual, workgroup, collaborative workgroup, team, and high-performance team) to bear on business challenges. By understanding how each of these work units gets results, you can determine which of them has the degree of collaboration you need to achieve the organization’s goal. If your task doesn’t require a great deal of interdependent collaboration, you don’t need a team to meet your business objectives.

Team or Teamwork?

Some of the unquestioned enthusiasm organizations hold for teams has to do with the high value they place on teamwork. By equating teams with teamwork, some organizations create misperceptions about teams that become obstacles to the team’s achieving results. Teamwork means cooperation. It calls for an awareness and respect for the contributions of others. It asks for a helpful and supportive attitude, as opposed to a hostile and adversarial one.

Teamwork is a valuable attribute in any joint endeavor, but such cooperation doesn’t turn a group into a team. A team is a unit formed to achieve specific results – winning a game, managing an organization, or developing a new product. In other words, individuals working well together is ideal, but team members working together enhances results.



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