Ever wonder why the "team" approach fails so often in the workplace? In an article in today's National Post business section, Gervase R. Bushe, a professor of management and organizational studies in the Segal Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University, may have the answer
He says so many managers say they want "team" players when what they really need are members to join a tribe or a federation of employees who are working for the betterment of the entire company. Teams where playing together has no overall benefit for the individual members aren't teams at all and that's why so many "team building" activities only annoy busy staff members he says.
Before you are asked if you're a team player, you might want to read: Managers want tribes, not teams.