WHERE NOT TO BUILD TEAMS Teams are the in thing today. It is always all about teamwork .
Every organisation worth its salt proclaims the teamwork concept and is quick to form teams to get any job done from software development to car servicing or from solving problems to improving quality. Posters with slogans like It s all about teamwork abound in every workplace. Even employees literally wear their team spirit on their sleeve with team badges, buttons, caps and Tshirts. So much so that teams are considered far superior to individual work. The ubiquitous belief follows that teamwork is desirable where as individual achievement only deserves scorn. Well, there is no denying that teamwork is very effective in workplace. Teams do facilitate free flow of ideas and activities leading to better results and increased productivity. Yet, sacrilegious as it may sound, are teams really always efficient and always successful?Think again before you answer an unequivocal Yes. Isn t thinking that teams are the only way to work on any issue or project quite a dogmatic view? It s a fact that we do not need teams everywhere. On the other hand, there are times when we would be better off without a team. If a work activity is unrelated to others and does not really need any outside help or support, it is better for individuals to contribute as individuals. Under certain circumstances, solo work will lead to brilliant achievements whereas working as a team may not even get mediocre results. Expanding on this, a top expert writes, It is clear that the performance of a symphony requires teamwork and no musician particularly needs to be told this. However, it does not follow from this that the trumpet is blown by a team Many great achievements especially those commonly referred to as breakthroughs, were accomplished by individual people, sometimes by individuals with assistants but virtually never by teams. There are no tea compositions in music, nor any works of literature that were produced by teams; team painting is not a known art form, nor did any of the great sculptors actually work in a team! WHERE NOT TO TEAM: Everyone knows the importance and advantages of a team. But do we ever think where we should not use teams? A sad fact is that sometimes teams are created for quite senseless and impracticable reasons. For instance, managers should not resort to building teams simply to hide from problems or to dump undesirable work on others. Nor form them for the sole purpose of achieving buy-in or involvement in the work process. Also, the team approach should not be used just as a convenient means to repeatedly shift the blame to other team members. Like, it often happens that aggrieved customers are bounced back and forth from one employee to another as everyone easily points the finger at another colleague for the mistake.
Arnold. managers and leaders should understand the essence of teamwork and root the teams in a legitimate value and purpose accompanied by clear and well-defined goals. In other words. Use teams where they make sense! To sum up. As Kristin J. if a team was formed for a specific purpose. never ever fall back on teams just because it is the latest buzzword and will look good on paper! Therefore. management should not use teams indiscriminately as the only way to work. Above all. This will reduce it to a namesake as the leader monopolises the team and does not allow anyone else to contribute. It is always advisable either to dissolve the team once it has achieved its set goals or at least provide a new direction. it should not be allowed to continue unnecessarily even after it has completed the task or solved the problem. top executive coach and team facilitator observes.A team should not operate on any hidden agendas either like using a team façade to ultimately get one s own way. teams should never be invoked where the work is independent and requires employees to rely on their personal skill sets alone. each where it fits!
. Then again. but master both things: teamwork and individual achievement. Only then can they be successful.