Understanding the Growth Continuum
Question: What is a team and how do we measure team progress?
Answer: A team is any group utilizing the concepts of teamwork.
(yeah yeah … so now what is teamwork?)
The Teamwork Continuum
The four indicators of how far along a team is in this continuum are outlined as
- Openness of Conflict
- Effective Leadership Styles
but that is just my shortlist for assessing the degree of high-performance. Teamwork is more than just those four areas.
How to measure how far along in development a team is:
The bigger view of teamwork involves a host of characteristics.
Planning for the future
Dealing with conflict
Leveraging individual talents
This suggests a great variance!
|Many concepts working|
|Very few concepts working||Many concepts working|
The Team Growth Continuum
At the other end, to the right, we see the four indicators (as listed above) interacting flawlessly. This is a high-performing team.
HUGE continuum … long, wide, completely situational, and capable of a million different combinations.
And I rarely see a team all the way over to the right, so do not be discouraged.
My point in defining teams by referring to the concept of teamwork is this:
Understand that the continuum is truly a reflection of
how much the concepts of teamwork are incorporated.