Everyone is always saying that teamwork is great, but that is not always the case. Teamwork can be positive as much as negative for the work the team has to do. A Recent study shows some interesting facts about the teamwork and what makes a team successful.
1. Ideal team size
The ideal team size is between 4 and 9. The problem cannot be solved just by adding more people to the group, which usually decreases the likelihood of success. A team of this size can move quickly, make decisions rapidly, and get stuff done with remarkable productivity. Bigger teams produce more communication hurdles. Smaller teams enjoy more fluid and spontaneous communication.
Sheila Margolis, an expert in defining organizational culture, managing organizational change, and increasing employee engagement says: The best team size is 4.6.
2. Good chemistry = less effective
Diversity is a key point in a good team. It makes the team less predictable. Also, diversity means more ways of thinking.
Scott Williams, executive director of the Center for Innovative Management at Wright State University, defines the concept this way: “Team chemistry is the composition of a team and the relationships among team members.”
3. Bonding releases oxytocin
Oxytocin is a brain chemical that is being released during a sexual orgasm. All in all, people tend to work more, be happier etc. when they are in a team that they love. Team building is a great idea to bond people.
4. No leaders means better team
The most effective teams don’t have a leader. Having a leader means that the equality does not exist. Leaders are usually assigned for many things such as communication, organization, team confidence, respect, fairness, integrity and so on. As long as they are all working toward a common goal, the team will rock. Therefore keep it simple teams!
5. Team needs manager
While diverse teams are better, more creative and get more done, they still need someone who is going to help them communicate better and work together. That is why every team should have a manager in it. Here is a definition of a team manager: Team manager typically involves setting team priorities and performance objectives, reviewing performance and methods employed and spearheading the team’s decision-making process.