Teams are everywhere in business and industry, and in government, schools, hospitals and professional associations — indeed, almost everywhere where people gather to get things done. But some teams work better than others. What does it take to make teams work effectively?

To answer that question, more than 6,000 team members in a variety of organizations were surveyed. They assessed their teams, their team leaders and each other against a common set of criteria and responded to open-ended questions. From the safety of confidentiality, they identified what encourages teams to success and what discourages them into failure.

Five crucial areas emerged.

1. Team Members

2. Team Relationships

3. Team Problem Solving

4. Team Leader

5. Organisational Environment

A must read is the book by Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson titled When Teams Work Best; 6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell What It Takes to Succeed. Discover more here!

Related Reading:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick M. Lencioni, John Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN 0787960756.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team, by John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson, 2001, ISBN 0785274340.

The Wisdom of Team: Creating the High-Performance Organization, by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K.Smith, HarperBusiness, 1994, ISBN 0887306764.

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