What is a team?

There are lots of definitions of a team – here’s one we really like:

A team is a group of individuals, all working together for a common purpose. The individuals comprising a team ideally should have common goals, common objectives and more or less think on the same lines.  Of which, the full text can be found here

From our perspective, we consider a team to be a functional working unit that has roughly 5-15 people within it (this can vary). They will have shared goals and values and be working for the same manager and outcomes.

If teams are larger than this, then they become difficult to manage and control so are split into smaller subsets. We’d consider these smaller subsets as the real teams.

Teams can be made up of any seniority from the Board (a team, to senior managers and then right down to the lowest levels of the hierarchy within the organisation.

If you need help distinguishing your teams, then feel free to give us a ring and we’ll happily discuss the right way forward with you.