What is a team? Here’s a definition we like:
“A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they are mutually accountable.” (Katzenbach and Smith, 1993)
We think it helps to think of a sports team – such as a football team, where players have different and defined roles, and work together to achieve a common aim.
Co-operative working implies a flat management structure, with no boss* telling people what to do. Instead the team decides what to do and allocates roles and responsibilities to its members.
Meredith Belbin’s Team Role Theory can be used to identify people’s behavioural strengths and weaknesses in a team. Team members can use the model to identify how their personality characteristics can indicate which team roles they are most suited to perform.
* Did you know that in the US the Network of Bay Area Co-operatives call themselves NoBAWC? (Try saying ‘no boss’ in a US accent) 😉
All resources on the Co-operantics website are free and we encourage “DIY”, self-help in co-ops. However, if you require external assistance with team development, want some team working skills training or you would like us to facilitate a session in your organisation please contact us and we can discuss a price.