Teams have existed for hundreds of years. Most managers appreciate the value of teams, however, long-standing habits, demanding
time schedules of unwarranted assumptions prevent them from taking full advantage of team opportunities.
In any situation requiring the real-time combination of multiple skills, experiences and judgements, a team inevitably gets better
results than a collection of individuals operating within confined job roles and responsibilities. However, to assist in the building of
effective teams, managers need to educate themselves away from the view that teams represent a risky extra burden that can slow
down individual accomplishment and organisational advancement.
Characteristics Of High Performance Teams
“Team Building is something that people have to accomplish among themselves. You cannot
substitute high-paid consultants, complex designs, or fancy resorts for human beings making a mutual
commitment to try to work together more effectively.” (W.G. Dwyer).
Research has pin pointed the following characteristics of high-achieving teams.
Staying On Track
To build high performing teams Organisations need a systematic approach to
team development. This involves regular sessions for their teams on personal
effectiveness, technical and team skills.