A team is a small number of people with complimentary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.
A team is a discrete unit of performance,not a set of values.
The word ‘team’ is often used to describe any group of people who happen to work together. This is inaccurate as they can fall within more accurate definitions:
A working group – no significant performance need or opportunity that requires it to be a team.
Pseudo team – no significant incremental performance need, not focused on collective performance and not trying to achieve it
Potential team – there is significant incremental performance need and is trying to improve impact. Requires more clarity of purpose and goals. No collective accountability
Real team – a small number of people with complimentary skills, committed to a common approach and are mutually accountable.
High performance teams – as for real teams but are also deeply committed to one another’s personal growth and success.
A real team will will have:
technical or functional expertise
problem solving and decision making skills interpersonal skills.
An organisation needs to be able to identify where teams need to exist and what for. If teams are already in existence, are they really teams or will a working group suffice?
In many instances, teams become stuck because of lack of clarity, direction and commitment. If performance is not being achieved then something needs to change.