Types of Teams and their Specific Challenges

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The Discipline of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith

Classification of Team

The article describes 3 classes of teams. Each has its own goals and challenges to face.

Teams That Recommend Things

  • Goal: study and solve particular problems
  • Issues:
    • getting off to a fast and constructive start
    • dealing with the ultimate handoff that’s required to get recommendations implemented

Teams That Make or Do Things

  • Goal: doing the basic value-adding activities of a business
  • Challenges:
    • deciding where team performance might have the greatest impact
    • build the necessary systems and process supports for a significant number of teams

Teams That Run Things


  • determining whether a real team approach is the right one
  • identifying specific purposes and goals



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