When does a ‘group’ become a ‘team’?

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This question came to mind last weekend, when I had the good fortune to attend ‘Wintersong 2010’ an annual choral workshop held in the Blue Mountains. The weekend revolved around learning and performing diverse works arranged for choir – with 90 other singers from all over the country.  

Composer and musician, Paul Jarman led us in an amazing workshop.  In around an hour, we composed and performed a choral work in 7 parts.  My first response when this was suggested was ‘this will never work’.  To my amazement, it worked brilliantly!

I think we were working as a team at that point.  (And arguably for the rest of the weekend, in producing some incredible sounds.)  

For this project we were a team and not just a group because we had:

1.  A leader who was very skilled and experienced;

2.  An intention to create something of quality;

3.  Goodwill and a desire to cooperate;

4.  Diverse ideas and abilities; and

5.  A specific goal, with a defined timeframe.

What do you think?

Do these things make a team?  Or am I getting carried away with the analogy?

Please post your comments below.

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8 thoughts on “When does a ‘group’ become a ‘team’?

    1. admin

      Thanks, Bev, for a very good point! That certainly applied on the weekend: There were some amazing voices in the room, but it was all about doing something great together. No divas!

  1. Don Swanborough

    Susan, I think a good team is one in which each member respects the other for the individual strengths, gifts and talents they bring to the team. They realise to get a good outcome it is a blend of unique strengths complementing others weaknesses. In other words we can’t be good at everything but we can try to find people who are good where we are weak.

  2. Hugh Todd

    I would add that you all had the intense experience of actually performing together. The things you mention are pre-performance, so make it a potential team – the actual performance pulls it together, and is where people really feel the power of being part of a team. Love it when that happens!

    Great blog Susan …

    1. admin

      Thanks, Hugh, for stopping by! Of course, what we miss (as it was a one-off workshop) is the joy of building on our successes to create even greater performance in the future…

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