Groups and teams are both made up of individuals. We contend that the biggest difference between a group and a team is organization around and alignment with a common goal. Teams are focused on achieving a common goal. Groups are not.


Every team is a group, but not every group is a team.

One of your responsibilities as a leader is to help the group that you lead to become a team. Maybe you already have the good fortune of leading a highly functioning team that knows how to get things done. If this describes you, you are in the lucky minority! The more common case we have seen is that you have inherited a group of people that is somewhere between all individuals working totally on ...

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