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The New Why Teams Don't Work by Harvey Robbins, Michael Finley

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chapter 27 The Myth that a Team Must Somehow Have More than One Team Member to Be a Team

If teams mustn’t be too big, how small can they be before they stop being teams?

We define a team as being two persons or more. But it may be useful, as you sort through the people available to you, to consider “the team of one.”

People think we’re joking when we talk about teams of one (“Why would you call a person a team?”) but we’re not.

A team of one is a virtual team, a single person with lots of diverse expertise treated by others as a separate team.

In complex organizations, it’s very common for teams to interact. A new product team, for instance, will have dealings with the design team down the hall. They’ll get input from another team in finance, ...

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