4 Common Myths About Team Working

Teams, we all know, have the potential to deliver great results but often don’t reach that potential.

At the same time, we sometimes make some assumptions that may or may not be valid. So what are some of the common myths about team working?

    Myth 1: People instinctively know how to work in teams

  • The reality is that most of us are masters at looking after Number One – ourselves. Think about it: most of our life it is what we do ourselves that determines success.
  • Myth 2: A team is always the best option

  • Teams work best when there is dependency. If one person can do it all alone, there is no need for a team.
  • Myth 3: The bigger the team the better

  • You might think that a bigger team will bring more skills, ideas or contributions. The reality is that a team will work best when small, typically 3 to 7 people.
  • Myth 4: People will choose to be team players

  • They may say so in job interviews but the reality is that most people look after their own interests and pursue their own agendas.

The reality is that teams working well on a clearly defined outcome can make a big difference.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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