CREATING HEALTHY GROUPS AND TEAMS

Working in a group or team environment is hard work. Getting along with others to meet the needs of the organization and its clients can be exhilarating AND challenging. This complicated process can achieve great success but can also be fraught with difficulties.

ARE YOU IN A TEAM OR A GROUP?

The word team seems to be used for any collection of people yet teams and groups function differently and need to be led differently. Also, there are different methods needed to assess a workgroup or team, if one is conducting a review or evaluation.

A “team” consists of 3-25 people who: Work toward a common set of goals, Work jointly, performing interdependently, Share common leadership, Share a common fate dependent on the performance of the team and See themselves as being part of a team with common goals and a shared fate (Curphy and Hogan).

A “group” is different, not less than but merely different. A group is a cluster of people that do not share the above five characteristics of teams. An example of a group that is not a team is a department in a College.

ASSESSMENTS

To assist both teams and groups work together effectively, we may start with an assessment to identify strengths and areas of developmental need. We use only top assessment tools such as the Team Assessment Survey (for teams) and Guarding Minds @ Work (for groups) along with others for specific needs such as the Conflict Dynamics Profile (for individuals, teams, and groups).

INTERVENTIONS

Rather than offer standard training programs, we find it more helpful to identify the needs of the team or group and work to leverage strengths and build competences in areas that are pertinent to the people and their organization.