Almost everything that human beings do today in terms of generation of value is no longer done by individuals, it’s done by teams. Supporting that statement is recent research by Deloitte Consulting which shows “that organizations are moving from rigid hierarchies of individuals to ones based on teams. This change in structure has been a function of the change in the nature of work itself. As we’ve moved from simple routine tasks to solving complicated problems in creative ways, teams have allowed us to combine the experience, skills, insights, and capacities of several individuals.” Working together a team can apply individual perspectives, experience, and skills to solve complex problems by creating new solutions and ideas that may be beyond the scope of any one individual.
However, creating a team that exceeds the capabilities of its individual members requires commitment, planning, and time. If history teaches us nothing else about teams, it’s that members of organizations, working together, can create miracles, but that the conditions must be right for them to occur. Miracles are not accidents – they are the result of high performance teams that were carefully established, supported, and nurtured by management.