The People Process: Understanding people is what it's all about.

Why Teams?*

Building an effective, cohesive team is extremely hard.? But it?s also simple.

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In this day and age of informational overload and constant daily change, teamwork remains the one sustainable competitive advantage that has been largely untapped.? One reason is that it?s hard to measure ? it impacts the outcome of an organization in such comprehensive and invasive ways that it?s virtually impossible to isolate it as a single variable.

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Teamwork is also extremely hard to achieve.? It can?t be bought, and it can?t be attained by hiring an intellectual giant from the world?s best business school.? It requires levels of courage and discipline ? and emotional energy ? that even the most driven teams don?t always possess.

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But as difficult as teamwork is to measure and achieve, its power cannot be denied.? When people come together and set aside their individual needs for the good of the whole, they can accomplish what might have looked impossible on paper.? By eliminating the politics and confusion that plague most organizations, they get more done in less time and with less cost.?

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And, when it comes to helping people find fulfillment in their work, there is nothing more important than teamwork.? It gives people a sense of connection and belonging, which ultimately makes them better parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors.

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And so building better teams at work can and usually does ? have an impact that goes far beyond the walls of your office or cubicle.

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*Patrick Lencioni

The Table Group

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