Teamworking in large organisation bring a great deal of variety to an already-challenging aspect of leadership. Change management gurus such as Stephen Warrilow – (Change Management Strategy Expert) can give independent guidance to organisations on such issues.
Therefore this blog aims to inform readers on the benefits, drawbacks with teamworking in large organisations, including international teaming – which is becoming more and more common these days
The Characteristics of Teams in Large Organisations
The team members are a new ensemble and don’t have existing working relationships
The team members have a shared company values system
The team may come from extremely different cultures and backgrounds
The team may be working in different time zones
The Benefits of Teamworking in Large Organisations
Teams can bring together a range of specialist knowledge. A project team with members drawn from finance, sales, creative and production will be able to provide very valuable insights to the team and ensure that the deliverable is acceptable to all divisions of the company.
Large or new teams often act in a very professional manner, and this will involve a very hard-working attitude and a desire not to let down other members of the team. Due to the new formation, members will still largely be in the introduction phase, and will be very keen to be received positively. This means that bad habits are less likely to emerge, and team members should remain very civil with one another. If the team is a client-facing team, such as a consultancy project group, this enhanced professionalism will reflect well on the company, and such ensure the client receives the profession service they expect.
Drawbacks of Teamworking in Large Organisations
Team members will be unfamiliar with each others strengths and weakenesses. This may lead to efficient distributions of work, and wasted work hours. In a very professional environment, this more likely to lead to the team working unpaid overtime, rather than project delays, but either result has a detrimental effect on the organisation.
Team members may struggle to communicate effectively. Whether communication problems are due to distance (IT problems, or restricted hours through which calls can be made due to time zone differences), or multicultural team differences, these will slow down the teams progress and potentially reduce work quality.
Therefore it is important when working in large teams (with potential leadership styles conflicts) that one takes into account the benefits and drawbacks listed above. With these in mind, many of the common pitfalls can be avoided, hereby improving the enjoyment and effectiveness of all team members.