What’s the difference between a team and a group of people?
When we talk about groups, we see them as people who come together with a common interest, but they may not have the same goal in mind. Our public courses, for example, are a place with the common interest for people to come together as a group to learn, but each individual participant may have their own goals to which they may want to apply their newly acquired skills.
Consequently, when we talk about teams, we understand them as people who are more or less aligned and headed towards a common goal. Typically this could be the completion of a project, the start of a new business or business unit or the initiative of a cross-functional, cross-cultural integration team.
According to Bruce Tuckman’s model, teams need to go through stages of development, namely forming-storming-norming-performing and adjourning, in order for the group of people to form a team, “grow, face up to challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan work, and deliver results.” It is believed that these stages are universal to all teams despite the group’s members, purpose, goals, culture, location, demographics, etc.
When you, whether you are a leader or team member, understand this, you can help your team become effective and perform on higher levels.
We support teams and their leaders in their development and performance, no matter which stage they are in on their evolutionary journey and path of collective growth, with a range of bespoke services, addressing your unique requirements: