According to the Oxford American Dictionary, a team is simplistically defined as "two or more persons working together." This being the literal definition, what are the reasons so many teams find it difficult to work together?
In our personal lives, we choose our sweethearts and friends. Our choices are often based on some common interest and/or because they are like us.
In professional settings, we may not have a choice about those around us. We are often placed in positions when we have to work with someone who is very different from us. They think, talk, work and look different than us, yet we must all work together.
The diversity and work culture of a team can be quite challenging. Although some teams are formed voluntary, others are mandatory. So, what is the master plan behind all of this team building? Should grouping people based on age, ethnic background, salary or other common personal factors form teams? Would that make a team? According to this Communication Coach, no. Read more...