“FIRE! BAD!” Build Teams That Can Take the Heat.
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
I’m going to go out on a limb here. I’ll bet you’ve worked on (or are working on) a team that is an amalgam of previous groups.
Teams are consolidated to save money.
Teams are orphaned if they lose a leader.
Teams are shuffled to energize a strategy.
All of these may be valid but can result in inefficiency if we don’t concern ourselves with what happens after assembly. If we stitch together teams hastily and then abandon them with no sense of self, we run the risk of that team malfunctioning. Crews struggling with identity issues are never a pretty sight.
This creation may even loose the best qualities of its members. Thrown into chaos, plagued by power struggles between cliques, and dealing with clashes of values, these teams start to flail wildly and can cause a lot of damage in the process of finding themselves.
When this happens we leaders can become disheartened and find ourselves writing off these problem-children. And this just compounds the problem.
If you are in the process of reanimating your organization through the formation of new teams from old, make sure you take the time to give them purpose. Otherwise, you may be setting yourself up for disaster.