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Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni

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Chapter 8. COMMON QUESTIONS

How long does it take to build a team?

How long does it take to build a team?

Our research indicates that in North America, it takes thirty-nine days. In Europe and Asia, thirty-eight.

I'm kidding. It's impossible to answer this question for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is "Does a team ever really complete the process?" It's more of an ongoing process, like a marriage.

Another reason why it's tough to answer is that so many factors influence a team's progress. I'll list them here in the form of questions, like Jeopardy:

  • How much time has been set aside for team building?

  • How committed are the members to becoming a team?

  • How many members are there?

  • Are they all located in the same city or office?

  • How much history ...

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