Most people like the idea of being on a team—although working on a team can be another matter. Not only can frictions create problems; the teams we work on rarely match up with the ideal vision we have of teams. When we think of a team we draw on images from sport: a small stable group of people working towards an important common goal. In organizations we might be on several teams, they may have dozens of people, and not be aligned. And a team may be virtual, so we may never even meet face-to-face. In this topic, we will look at the world of teamwork and give some tips to navigate through the challenges. The objectives for this topic are to:
- Increase your understanding of the different sorts of teams you might work on.
- Review some of the research on what makes teams work well.
- Identify something specific that you can do to improve how the teams you are on function.