Integrated Team Formation and Development

So, you bring 15 people together and call them a team. They’re a team, right? Probably not.

Katzenbach and Smith tell us that “a team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and an approach for which they are mutually accountable.” That doesn’t happen automatically. It requires some hard work.

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The Team Charter: The Foundation of Team Formation

A great foundation for team-formation training is the team charter. A team charter is “the rules of the game.” Everyone involved in the team needs to agree with and abide by the rules.

Here are the important sections of a team charter and a bit of explanation and rationale:

TEAM NAME: What will the team call itself? This is a great opportunity for some creativity and team identity (e.g. Bill and the Cover Girls – a team that puts the covers on production boxes).

TEAM MISSION (What / Why): Why was the team formed? What is the business rationale?

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