Is there more than one type of team?

As we all know, teams can operate and function in a number of different ways. Researchers have suggested that it’s the amount of time teams allocate to the planning and implementation phases of a task determines the type of team they are. We see this played out clearly in, (amongst others), our Krypton Maze activity where teams are presented with short team tasks and have around 20minutes to complete. This ensures that they will revert to type rather than attempt to mask their behaviour.

So what types of teams are there?

The first type are described as Fragmented Teams. In this type, we tend to see autocratic leadership and/or small pockets of individuals who often dictate the group decision making process.

Secondly, there are Divergent Teams. Members in this team tend to be overly cautious and will consider a number of possible options. This caution can lead to a slow decision making process and it will sometimes be resolved with a voting process. This may lead to little commitment to the plan however.

A third type is labeled Cohesive Teams. They tend to have a democratic and cooperative atmosphere where everyone is involved. They work through any conflict rather than ignore it and get satisfaction from completing the task.

Is that it?

Not really, if we now look at how multiple teams function, we will see another three descriptions.

The Competitive Team – this type is more concerned with it’s own success than the overall success of the organisation. There tends to be a lack of focus on planning and more of a focus on winning! This results in little assessment of other teams requirements in terms of working together.

The Non-interactive Team – again, there is an inner focus. However, there is a degree of planning, but without due consideration for the organisations ‘bigger picture‘ or needs of other teams. The outcome of this may be that the planning is minimally effective.

The Cooperative Team – this team shares a common goal of completing projects together with other teams. During the planning phase in this team, a large amount of time is spent on how the different teams will work together in order to accomplish goals effectively and efficiently.

What type of team do you see yourselves in?


The Guardian: How to build a winning team – 10 top tips from outstanding school leaders

In this article, Jeremy Sutcliffe  asks three headteachers (whose schools have been rated ‘Outstanding by Ofsted) for their advice on how to build a successful team. These 10 top tips aren’t just relevant for teams in schools, the lessons can be applied to any team in any sector:

  • Identify skills gaps
  • Build friendships
  • Identify and promote talent
  • Play to people’s strengths
  • Help people to develop
  • Lead by example
  • Delegate
  • Be prepared to move people on
  • Take collective responsibility
  • Be positive

An interesting article, and definitely worth a read!

Teambuilding activities are the perfect way to assist you in building a winning team. There are a huge range of activities and events to choose from, and something to suit every team.

Winter Programme

It is getting to the end of September which can only mean one thing. We are starting to think about our autumn and winter events. After a busy summer, we are looking forward to organising lots more events this season. Please get in touch with us for a copy of our Winter Programme or any more information on our activities.

If  we don’t offer exactly what you are looking for we’d love to hear your ideas… we love a challenge!! Our recent projects include building a beach volleyball court and designing a moasic made with 7500 cans!


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