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How Groups Become a Team. By: Stephen Adams & Annabel Ortega. Group or Team ?. Are they the same?. Definitions. Groups – Two or more freely interacting people with shared norms and goals and a common identity.

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how groups become a team

How Groups Become a Team

By: Stephen Adams & Annabel Ortega

group or team
Group or Team ?

Are they the same?

  • Groups – Two or more freely interacting people with shared norms and goals and a common identity.
  • Teams – Small group with complementary skills who hold themselves mutually accountable for common purpose, goals, and approach.
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Group or Team ?

How different are they?

tuckman s five stage theory of group development
Tuckman’s Five-Stage Theory of Group Development





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group or team2
Group or Team ?

Why do people in the business community use these terms so loosely?

group or team3
Group or Team ?

“The essence of a team is common commitment. Without it, groups perform as individuals; with it, they become a powerful unit of collective performance.”

group to team
Group to Team
  • Groups and teams comprise of individuals.
  • Different by:
    • Talents
    • Experiences
    • Education
    • Not Necessarily Equal
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Group to Team
  • The important point to recognize, is in order to transcend from a group to a team, the following activities need to take place within the group by the individual.
    • Leadership
    • Accountability
    • Purpose
    • Problem Solving
    • Effectiveness
  • Increase your provocability.
    • To be an effective leader, each individual must follow practice.
    • Do it in a positive way.
    • Show individual responsibility.
    • Practice lessons learned.
    • Experience judgments fully, and let them go.
  • Develop your ability to respond.
    • Make distinction between accountability and responsibility.
    • Accountability is between yourself and no other.
    • Think the cause-effect equation.
    • Accept that past choices placed you in your current situation.
  • Master your intentions.
    • Clear intentions are the secret behind extraordinary performers.
    • Know and picture your outcome.
    • Make collaborative intentions known.
    • Live and work on purpose.
problem solving
Problem Solving
  • Ask yourself what’s the best and most valuable use of your unique abilities.
    • Learn from upsets and mistakes.
    • Open a new relationship with a contribution.
    • Be a present hero by serving yourself and your team simultaneously.
    • Make it a way of life.
  • Make a difference in the dynamics of the team.
    • Disregard excused for poor performance.
    • Retain personal power.
    • Understand that going alone without passion or commitment takes your team where no member wants to go.
  • Teams transcend to groups all by the actions of individuals.
  • Common Commitment can create the essence of teamwork and a solid foundation for the team.
  • Teamwork requires personal, individual action.
article resource
Article Resource

Avery, Christopher M.

2002. Training and Development. Teamwork isn’t just a group process. This time, it’s personal. /p/articles/mi_m4467/is_1_56/ai_8236 1931/

Kinicki, Angelo; Kreitner, Robert. Organizational Behavior: Key Concepts, Skills & Best Practices. McGraw Hill Irwin. New Your, NY, 2006. pp. -205-268.