'A growing body of research shows that groups can systematically enhance their performance'
Working in teams is central to the way we live our lives - we learn, live and work together - yet much of our society is focused on the individual. Unfortunately, although society places a great value on teamwork, the way organisations make use of teams often runs against known evidence for what works ? and even against common sense. For example, cutting resources, rewarding individuals rather than group performance and creating teams when they are not needed all have a negative impact on teams. Some factors which have a positive impact on team performance are among; working on tasks as a team, positive emotion, having a leader who helps to set learning goals and who gives the right level of feedback. Getting the right level of feedback is important because people learn while doing. However, general teamwork proficiency can be taught in the classroom and can make a strong difference to teams ? these skills are not often taught. Despite literally thousands of studies that show much can be done to design teams properly and to ensure they do their jobs well and get better as time goes on, the question rarely turns to how the successes can be replicated or problems avoided the next time around. The authors think that it is just a matter of applying the science. To read this article click here