Everybody seems to agree that teams are ‘A Good Thing’. For many people “the team” is something we should all aspire to join. Surely only the most anti‑social and difficult individuals express unease with “team working”. Of course, we all accept that teams get it wrong sometimes, but building teams and fostering “team spirit” is usually considered a good thing throughout the corporate environment.
Everyone knows what “a team” is. Everyone knows how to put a team together. Everyone can select the best people to engineer the best available team. Everyone knows how to allocate the tasks to be done amongst the members of the team. But if it’s all so obvious, why do so many workplace teams struggle to deliver?