Why teams matter…

There is a reason why people often use clichés like 'teamwork makes the dream work' or '1 + 1 = 3'. The list of benefits that proper teamwork can generate seems endless. Just to name a few: if done right, teams boost productivity, they expand creativity, they enable better decision-making.

Organizations nowadays are becoming increasingly dependent on teamwork. Especially when facing large and complex challenges (e.g., the energy transition or implementing technological innovations), it becomes crucial to reap the rewards of effective teamwork. Why? Because these challenges require insights from different skillsets, fields of knowledge, and backgrounds.

However, simply forming a team of the most competent individuals and assigning them a task is insufficient to ignite collaboration. Effective teamwork demands serious effort and conscious consideration. It is often unclear why some teams consistently deliver high performance while other, seemingly identical teams, struggle to do the same. It’s simple to put together a team, but it’s much more challenging to make them excel.

What are team dynamics?

At BearingPoint, we aim to inspire you on how to stimulate collaboration and in turn form high-performing teams. Our goal is to ‘unpeel the onion of teams’ and really understand what elements are involved when people collaborate in teams. When we look at teams, we acknowledge that they are more than a collection of people structured in a hierarchical structure. We identify six distinguishable elements that interact with each other:

  • Structure
    The infrastructural boundaries a team uses to perform, such as: meeting structure, processes and roles.
  • Performance
    Transparency and clarity regarding the performance of the team.
  • Leadership skills
    Extent to which a leader provides guidance to the team. For example by carrying out a clear vision and managing expectations.
  • Collaboration skills
    The team possessing and showing behavior that stimulates collaboration, such as: taking ownership and being agile.
  • Belief
    The team having the shared conviction that they all work together with passion and commitment towards the same goal.
  • Interaction
    An atmosphere within the team characterized by collaborative interaction that demonstrates reliability, trust, and cohesion.

The interaction between these elements is what we call team dynamics. Combined, these building blocks determine how we show up at daily meetings, how we communicate in conflicts, how we support each other in our tasks, et cetera. By unraveling and understanding these, we can unlock the potential power of Team Dynamics, in order to create high-performing teams that excel.

However, team dynamics are often perceived as complex phenomena: hard to conceptualize, put into words, let alone make them visible. Due to its intangibility, fostering good team dynamics is often an overlooked endeavor within organizations. Our Team Dynamics model makes the invisible, visible, by defining, and measuring the elements of teams.

How we can help…

With our Team Dynamics Assessment we can assess the different elements of teams. We use this measurement as a starting point to start a conversation in an interactive workshop with the members of the team. Your team members will discuss how they rate their own team and come up with solutions for the issues they encounter. This makes our approach highly interactive and bottom-up: we give people room to shape the collaboration within their own teams.

Are you looking for ways to improve teamwork and unlock the potential of your organization? BearingPoint can help in making Team Dynamics visible and tangible in order to create high-performing teams. Want to know more? Reach out to netherlands@bearingpoint.com.

Our Team Dynamics model makes you able to assess the different elements of team dynamics. This is a stepping stone to improve teamwork. In this example: the team faces challenges in the area of collaboration and leadership skills.

Would you like more information?

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