Building teams is not about team-building.
What we mean is that what creates high-performing teams is not team-building exercises but rather creating a climate where three things happen:
- The team has a clear sense of mission and clearly defined goals.
- Everyone knows their role.
- Everyone is given freedom to use their talents and traits within the context of their role and mission.
The best shot for this to happen is when you build your team not around the team itself, but around the task. This means you choose team members based on their experience at getting the kinds of results you are looking for. You will look for traits and talents that are congruent with your goals. And you will, at every turn, keep the task front and center.