What is a Team?

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

Definition of Team

The article describes the difference of a working group and a team. This is the definition of Team:

  • Shared leadership roles

  • Individual and mutual accountability

  • Specific team purpose that the team itself delivers

  • Collective work products

  • Encourages open-ended discussion and active problem-solving meetings

  • Measures performance directly by assessing collective work products

  • Discusses, decides, and does real work together

Characteristics of a Team

  1. A meaningful common purpose that the team has helped shape

  2. Specific performance goals that flow from the common purpose

  3. A mix of complementary skills

  4.  A strong commitment to how the work gets done

  5. Mutual accountability


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