Question: I saw your column on teams in the May 29 issue of Biz Times. While I appreciated what you wrote, my experience with teams hasn’t been very positive. To be perfectly honest, I don’t like teams. In college I hated classes when we had to do group projects. My group was always the one where a couple of people did nothing and still got the same grade I did. Un-fair! At work, it’s been more of the same. On projects, I carry some of the others while they loaf. No one calls them out. Very unfair! You say that teams are a good way to get the job done. I think that’s only true when you have capable people who are committed to doing good work. I’ve never been part of a team like this. What do you say about this?
Answer: Hold on! Before you thoroughly dismiss all teams, let me point out a couple of things. First, might your experience be biasing your perspective just a tad? Maybe you’ve just been unfortunate to find yourself in ineffective rather than effective teams.
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