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Although teams are still the building block of every organisation their boundaries are getting fuzzier and their effectiveness a function of how well they operate inside a network of connected teams, whether in the same organisation or as part of a bigger ecosystem. It has never been harder for a team to perform at more than the sum of its parts.
The old rules of team effectiveness – small number, cohesive, defined boundaries, complementary skills, clear goals – no longer apply. Teams are larger, more diverse, temporary, with capability gaps and trust issues.
These big, connected teams need more and better design if they are to get anywhere near their potential. A vision or purpose that binds people with different organisational, professional and cultural worldviews, a culture of trust, transparency and respect, and participatory processes that engage people and foster interaction.