(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, 'The Wisdom of Teams' by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.) Ultimately, the satisfaction in the team’s performance becomes the most cherished reward. . . . . . . "The ultimate challenge of leadership is to tap the team instinct. Once you tap the team instinct you have programmed for excellence by default. Simply because no team, no 'natural' team, is comfortable being second."
Creating a 'natural' team need not take months of 'team-building' activity. What is needed is clarity of a common goal, commitment to a collective success, and trust in each other's clarity and commitment on this project, now. As has been consistently experienced by participants in "CorporateTheatre" workshops, this can happen even in minutes, and several times, in several teams, in several activities during the course of even one day.
For more clarity on how to tap the power of 'natural' teams at the workplace, please refer to the other posts in this blog, especially posts on 'Natural Teams' and the '3 Pillars of Natural Teams'.