Something that is surprisingly difficult in business is having a true functioning team. In his book, “The Advantage”, Patrick Lencioni articulates 4 disciplines necessary to achieve organizational health. Discipline 1 is to build a cohesive leadership team. He poses the question of whether a group of leaders is a “Team” or a “Working Group”?
You may ask, What is the difference?
- A “Team” is like a basketball team. It is a group of people that, “play together simultaneously, in an interactive, mutually dependent, and often interchangeable way.”
- A “Working Group” is like a golf team where players go off and play on their own and get together and add up their scores at the end of the day.”
As I work with companies that commit to making the journey to implement EOS and become strong in the six components (Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process, & Traction) of EOS, I see teams develop in two ways:
- If there is a true team in place, I see it become stronger.
- If the team is really a working group, I see it become a team.
The tools in EOS help teams build trust, eliminate politics, and increase efficiency because they :
- Help build trust and appreciate each team member strengths and weaknesses,through the use of “trust builder” tools
- Teach teams how to openly engage in conflict for the greater good of the organization as they Identify, Discuss and Solve issues
- Provide a methodology to hold one another accountable to their Rocks, To-dos, Core Values, and Roles related to their fuction
Does your team appreciate each other, openly engage in constructive conflict and hold each other accountable?
If not, you might have a working group.