The Way We Work


Look around your organization and you will find several types of work units. Broadly speaking, an organization can bring five categories of units (individual, workgroup, collaborative workgroup, team, and high-performance team) to bear on business challenges. By understanding how each of these work units gets results, you can determine which of them has the degree of collaboration you need to achieve the organization’s goal. If your task doesn’t require a great deal of interdependent collaboration, you don’t need a team to meet your business objectives.

Team or Teamwork?

Some of the unquestioned enthusiasm organizations hold for ...

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