Issue 171 - 03 | The Teamwork Imperative

By Simon Mac Rory
Published Dec. 27, 2018 11:30 a.m.
“Teamwork is a (if not the) quintessential and critical element of organizational life. Over 90 percent of what we do in our work lives happens through collaborative effort. That makes teams and teamwork the most important means of output and productivity in the organization. I think most organizations and people would agree with this statement. So you would think that organizations would treat team performance as a strategic imperative, but most do not, preferring to muddle on with poorly performing teams and accepting mediocrity. There needs to be a big attitude change and it needs to be now.


Only 10 percent of teams are high performing, a frightening 40 percent are dysfunctional and detrimental to members experiences and lives, leaving 50 percent which are performing—at best—with small incremental results. This is what most organizations accept. I consider this unacceptable, particularly when delivering high performing teams is not rocket science. But it does take effort, it does take strategy, it does take time, it does take budget and, critically, it takes persistence and commitment from the organization, leaders and team members.”

About Simon Mac Rory | Simon Mac Rory is a team development specialist. He works with senior leaders to help them discover that edge to become truly high performing. He founded The ODD Company in 2011 to deliver TDP (a cloud-based team development tool and methodology) to international markets. Simon operates from London with a Dublin based support office. Simon received his doctoral degree for his work on the application of generic frameworks in organization development and is a visiting research fellow at NBS.

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