Building a team inside your organization is an art, not a science. There is not just one solution, recipe, or prescription. Instead, it depends on the kind of organization, the culture within the company, the relationship among the individuals, and how they are being rewarded. If you have a culture that is focused on individual rewards and individual performance, it’s very difficult to produce an environment for teamwork because it’s a competitive environment. For a team to work, it has to be interdependent—the members have to be interdependent. The action of one member affects the action of another and affects the result of the whole. The outcome has to be measured in terms of the action of the unit, not the action of the individual.
Not all teams are created equal. A team in tennis is different than a team in soccer. In tennis, you have individual performers that win by their own individual actions. In soccer, it’s a group of people that need each other. One passes the ball to the other, then to another and so on; success depends on movement within the team. It’s a completely different dynamic. The same principle is true within an organization—the dynamics inside each company are different. Read More