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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

THOUGHTS ON THE DISCIPLINE OF TEAMS

The following was written by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith for the book "Building Better Teams" produced by the Harvard Business Review:

Having observed and worked with scores of teams in actionk, both successes and failures, we offer the following.  Think of it as a working definition or, better still, an essential discipline that real teams share:

A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to al common purpose, set of performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutally accountable.

The essence of a team is common commitment.  Without it, groups perform as individuals; with it, they become a powerful unit of collective performance.  This kind of commitment requires a purpose in which team members can believe.

Teams develop direction, momentum, and commitment by working to shape a meaningful purpose.

The best teams invest a tremendous amount of time and effort exploring, shaping, and agreeing on a purpose that belongs to them both collectively and individually.

The best teams also translate their common purpose into specific performanc goals.