“The formation of effective teams is more by good fortune than good judgment… it doesn’t have to be that way!” – Meredith Belbin
If you subscribe to the view that teams are the prime work unit of your organization then the answer to the above question matters, and alarmingly, given two current trends we observe the typical answer is “Not that good!”
Trend 1: People are on an increasing number of teams – we frequently hear that over the prior 12 month period most people have on average been part of 5 or 6 teams, with a significant number on 10 or more.
Trend 2: The number of these teams that the individuals considered to have been successful and high performing ? – Rarely more than 5%!