Do the members of your team view themselves as a group of individuals who work independently of one another, or as a collection of individuals who work interdependently with each other?
Read on to learn 6 key differences between ‘Groups’ and ‘Teams’.
|Members think they are grouped together for administrative purposes only. Individuals work independently; sometimes at cross purposes with others.||Members recognise their interdependence and understand both personal and team goals are best accomplished through mutual support.|
|Members tend to focus on themselves because they are not sufficiently involved in planning the unit’s objectives. They approach their job as simply a hired hand.||Members feel a sense of ownership for their jobs and their unit because they are committed to goals they helped establish.|
|Members are told what to do rather than being asked what the best approach would be. They are effectively encouraged to provide their own suggestions.||Members contribute to the organisation’s success by applying their unique talents and knowledge to team objectives.|
|Members distrust the motives of colleagues because they do not understand the roles of other members. Expressions of opinion or disagreement are considered divisive or non-supportive.||Members work in a climate of trust and are encouraged to openly express ideas, opinions, disagreements and feelings. Questions are welcomed.|
|Members are so cautious about what they say that real understanding is not possible. Game playing may occur and communication traps catch the unwary.||Members practice open and honest communication. They make an effort to understand each other’s point of view.|
|Members may receive good training but are limited in applying it to the job by their supervisor or other group members.||Members are encouraged to develop skills and apply what they learn on the job. They receive support from their team.|