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The Wisdom of Teams by Douglas K. Smith, Jon R. Katzenbach

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Team Basics

A Working Definition and Discipline

WHY DEFINE “TEAM”? The primary reason is to clarify what we mean by team because the word conveys different things to different people. Some think entirely of sports, where coaching, “individual bests,” and practicing hard to win matter most. Some think about teamwork values like sharing, cooperating, and helping one another. Some think that any group that works together is a team; some believe any management grouping is a team; and some think primarily of two-person pairings like those found in marriage and partnership.

In addition, we encounter many views on the benefits and costs of teams. Like us, some believe teams are a powerful vehicle for performance. Some believe their main value is ...

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