• Olivier S.E. Courtois

Teams Are Your Most Valuable Asset

Updated: Jun 1

In September 1987, in a now-famous interview with Woman’s Own, Margaret Thatcher, declared: ‘There is no such thing as society’. I will not debate here on the validity of her statement. Does society exist or is it only a sum of individuals?

Yet, in the corporate world, teams are seen as a sum of individuals rarely as a ‘society’ as such. This is a missed opportunity. Teams are the essential linchpins of an organization’s success. In theory, the value produced by a team is much higher than by the sum of individuals. But this is true only if the benefits of collective intelligence have been maximized.

All too often, it is left to chance. At best, meetings are organized well enough and an occasional team-building event helps to bond. But a team is a complex mechanism that deserves more care.

When I work with teams, I like to diagnose them on 8 criteria. This gives a clear picture of the team's strengths and weaknesses. It helps the team focus on mission-critical derailers, design an improvement plan, and work on it while in action. With a structured process and the right data, teams can progress quickly, maximize their impact, top-down, across the networks, inside out.

What is your own personal experience with team dynamics?

#leadership #teams

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