So, What do We Mean by Team?
Collins English Dictionary defines a Team as simply ‘any group of people who work together’, and it really is that simple. Where it gets less simple is when those groups of people are identified and then become fixed in that identity.
When you look specifically at businesses, teams tend to be defined by departmental or leadership function – there’s the Marketing Team, the Sales Team, the Finance Team, The Board, the Heads of Department, the Team Leaders, and so on.
However, if you shift your perspective slightly, surely these are actually sub-teams – the most important team is actually the whole business. Shouldn’t everyone in the business be working together with the shared overall goal of helping that business to succeed?
But if that is actually the case, why do so many businesses fail to recognise the importance of cross-functional team relationships.