It is easy to set up a team…

You take a bunch of people, put them in a room, give them a simple task and tell them to crack on with it.

Setting up a team is easy.

But teamwork is a different matter

Teamwork needs:

Getting teamwork is hard work.

And remember…

There is no I in team

Yes I know that is so cutesy it makes you feel sick, it does the same for me, but you take the point.

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  1. Hi James,
    – pretty hard to argue with any of the basic suggestions on forming a Team. If someone is struggling with this, I know an excellent book which might help remove roadblocks and assist in forming a good team:

    book: The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time by Robert Maurer — available at Amazon and probably Chapters/Indigo.

    Teams will not solve all problems in the workplace but forming a team is often a good first attempt.

  2. James,

    Great post as always. Do you think one additional attribute of teamwork is that there’s a leader?


    BTW, in case you didn’t see it, I’ll email you something to counter the “there’s no ‘I’ in team” saying. Stay tuned.

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