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Forming an Effective Team

Forming an Effective Team

Team effectiveness isn’t inevitable. Teams quite often fail to meet performance objectives, and the consequences can be harsh and lasting. The business opportunities a team is charged with developing may be missed, the business problem a team is charged with solving may persist and even worsen, competitive advantage may be lost, relationships between business units may be damaged, trust in the organization’s leadership and direction can erode, valuable people may resign, and subsequent teams may launch in an atmosphere of cynicism and doubt, increasing the likelihood that they, too, will fall short.

Yet most of the pitfalls teams encounter are predictable and preventable. In its research into teams and its work with organizational teams, CCL has learned that what a leader does or fails to do prior to and during team formation has considerable impact on the team’s fate. You can head off most of the problems that beset teams by considering in advance the composition of the team, its purpose, the resources it will need, and the potential obstacles it will face.


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