Why Teams Matter More than Ever

Source: Bruce Piasecki, Public Management, Vol. 95 no. 10, November 2013

It takes a special type of leader to create not just a loose affiliation of individuals but a true team that’s centered around shared values and focused on a common goal. … Teams are more important than ever because the way people work and do business has changed. Within the fierce competition that is the global economy, companies that get fast results because they excel at collaboration and innovation will rise to the top and rule the day. And the ideas that allow an organization to achieve, grow, and prosper—as opposed to merely survive—will be created only when teams leverage their combined skills and hold themselves mutually accountable. No individual, no matter how brilliant, is likely to have the skill set to take projects from start to finish in this fast-paced and complex environment. …