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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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.