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Today's post takes a lighthearted look at team building. Back in the 1990s, we heard a lot about building and managing teams. And we heard phrases like "team player" and "There's no 'I' in team" enough to make us scream.
Or maybe that was just me.
What's The Big Deal?
I've never seen any magic in the idea of teams. The only reason to create one is that it's the best solution for the job, not because it's "standard operating procedure." Or because "everybody" thinks teams are the way to go.
It's a mistake to assume that a team will get the job done simply because it exists. If you want to know the meaning of the word frustration, just join an ineffective team!!
Or maybe that's just me again. (Deep breath!!)
Do You Really Need a Team?
If more than two or three people need to coordinate their efforts over several weeks or months to get the job done well, you probably DO need a team. Otherwise, give the task to someone who's competent and move on.
This same idea applies to the board of directors. In this case, though, we call the teams "committees."
If you need a team and want a team that's worth having, take a look at this lighthearted little video, 5 Team Building Fundamentals You Can Learn From a Marching Band.
Happy team building!