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Susan M. Heathfield

Differentiate Teamwork and Team Building

By October 25, 2013

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People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team.

Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the mission, vision, and objectives of your organization. To accomplish these objectives, you need to differentiate an overall sense of teamwork from the task of developing an effective intact team that is formed to accomplish a specific goal.

People confuse the two team building objectives. This is why so many team building seminars, meetings, retreats and activities are deemed failures by their participants. Leaders failed to define the team they wanted to build.

Find out more about building the two kinds of teamwork. More about teams.

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February 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(1) Andy O'Callaghan says:

I like to describe a continuum with bonding activities at one end and team building at the other. Real change within a team to improve performance can only be achieved by a team build programme that is done over a period of time – a half day session or bringing in a motivational speaker certainly will not yield results. The use of motivational speakers is a bit of a mystery when there are issues within a team. Surely it’s the role of the team leader to motivate, not the role of an external person with a one off visit! For organisers, there must be a clear goal in mind, and also the willingness to commit to a well structured programme that will deliver the results they want.

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