While all teams are groups of individuals, not all groups are teams. Team members work together toward a common goal and share responsibility for their team’s success. A group is comprised of two or more individuals that share common interests or characteristics, and its members identify with each other due to similar traits.
Groups differ from teams in several ways:
- Teams require coordination of tasks and activities to achieve a shared aim. Groups do not need to focus on specific outcomes or a common purpose.
- Team members are interdependent and bring together a set of resources to produce a common outcome. Individuals in a group can be entirely disconnected from one another and do not rely on fellow members at all.
When you go to work every morning, are you going to meet your team?
Creating teamwork is a challenging process, and not all groups work as a team. Merely referring to a collection of employees as a team doesn’t make them one. The first question is this a team or a group? Each has a purpose. Typically, a team shares leadership and is interdependent, meaning they depend on each other for information, services or products to achieve a team goal.
Can a group of companies operate as groups and teams depending on the client? Yes, we are proof.
Our services are uniquely defined and we support our clients separately as a group and as a team. When our clients require services that impact all companies, we work as a team to ensure our clients’ needs are met.
We collectively come together to form and develop a foundation to deliver a service required by our client. For example, some of ASAP Secured’s clients require travel risk and executive protection that is provided through AFIMAC and others require background checks that are completed by ISB. With this comes a collaborative team effort to ensure our client is receiving optimal service for all security requests. Our group of companies will progress and digress depending on multiple variables mandated by our clients’ needs. We acknowledge unique subject matter expertise and contributions brought forth by the defined team.