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Does Your Business Need a Team or a Working Group?

Written by Mike Roth on April 25, 2016

Implementers EOS

Something that is surprisingly difficult in business is having a true functioning team. In his book The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni articulates four disciplines that are 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's the difference?

Teams Vs. Working Groups in Business Leadership

A team is like a basketball team. It's 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 Key Components (Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process, & Traction) of EOS, I see teams develop in two ways:

  1. If there is a true team in place, I see it become stronger.
  2. If the team is really a working group, I see it become a team.

Becoming a Stronger Team

The tools in EOS help teams build trust, eliminate politics, and increase efficiency because they:

  • Help build trust and appreciate each team member's 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.

Next Steps

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