Teams that work
High-performing management teams are essential for the delivery of significant change within complex organisations. Yet most such teams are far less than the sum of their parts. They fail to produce to their full potential. How can organisations make their management teams more effective?
We believe the answer lies in allowing teams to do real work together, but in a reflective way that allows them to understand what they are doing well, and why. The best way to learn how to work well as a team is to work as a team. Group psychology and outward bound courses have limited value.
“Teams that work” do so on three levels:
- They work well together as a group of people.
- They generate results.
- They do real work on the ground, and learn from it.
The way in which teams can be more than the sum of their individual components is perhaps most clearly demonstrated by the relay race. Here, teams with the fastest runners can be (and indeed often are)beaten by teams with less able runners. The relay races in the Olympics attract some of the largest audiences of the games because they have the greatest potential to throw up surprises.
For further information, download our publication Teams that work. (PDF, 388 KB)
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