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Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
Here is one of my favorite topics for discussion. Since my first real job in 1969 I have worked in various types of teams. Some of them were excellent, most often the ad hoc teams formed for a specific project. I recall when the push for teams exploded in the 70s and 80s. Teams were to be the magic fix for every corporate problem. Whole libraries were written. That effort never delivered the promised results, due to the reasons given above. Along the way I developed a workshop exercise I called, "Myths About Teams." I list these 8 myths below. Some of them may be a little dated, but this should be a good exercise anyway. I invite you to respond, telling us whether you agree or disagree with each myth. I will post my own comments in a few days. 1. Teams can become totally self-directed so that they don't need leaders. 2. Team members should all be friends. 3. Team members should all be equally good at all jobs. 4. All team members can rise to the top. 5. The team functions as a (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #1: Self-directed Teams

I am surprised that no one has reacted yet to the (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #2: Members Should be Friends

2. Team members should all be friends. Not true. (...)

  Nasir Sajjad, Consultant, Pakistan
 

True Group Dynamics Would Hinder Sometime

You are thinking correctly these kind of friendshi (...)

  Hong Sun, Management Consultant, Canada
 

Team Members can be Friends

It's an interesting point, although it's a little (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #3: Members Should All be Equally Good at All Jobs

3. Team members should all be equally good at all (...)

  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
 

Team Members Should be Good at Different Things

So far I agree with all 3 your statements, Frederi (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Belbin Team Roles

@: Thanks, I wasn't familiar with Belbin, but afte (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #4: All Members can Rise to the Top

4. All team members can rise to the top. Not true (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #5: a Team is a Safety Net

5. The team functions as a safety net for the indi (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #6: the Key Attitude is Forgiveness

6. The key attitude for a team is forgiveness. Tr (...)

  Joanne Robinson, Manager, United Kingdom
 

Applauding for a Mistake

@: Agree with #6. Sometimes you can even see a soc (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #7: no 'I' in Team

7. There is no "I" in team. Partially true. It is (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #8: All Have an Equal Role

8. All members of a team have an equal role. Not (...)

  Omondi, Manager, Kenya
 

Myths of Teams #8: All Have an Equal Role

@Frederic A Parker: I fully agree with #8. Team me (...)

  Frederic A Parker, Consultant, United States
 

Myths of Teams #8 All Have an Equal Role

@: Thank you. I really like your analogy of the ha (...)

 
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