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Team Structures

Team Structures

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Team Structures refers to the different ways in which teams can be organized and led. Capabilities to build and sustain these different team structures roughly correspond to the four Enterprise Evolutionary Stages.

  1. Workgroups or Natural Teams are a group working together to achieve common interests. The key point is that workgroups or natural teams are not led, designed, or developed intentionally as is the case with high-performing and self-managed teams.
  2. Intact Teams are teams with a single team leader responsible for team performance, dynamics, accountability, and continuous improvement. The team leader is fully in it with the team, doing the work of the team.
  3. High-Performing Teams (HPTs) are intact teams designed and developed intentionally by the team leader and by implementing specific ways of working, using an approach like the 7 Crucial Conversations.
  4. High-Performing Transformational Leadership Teams are high-performing teams that are top leadership teams responsible for leading transformational change across multiple teams and stakeholder groups.
  5. High-Performing Self-Managed Teams are high-performing teams that are not intact teams but have been trained and coached to be self-managing. This kind of team will report to a leader, but it will not necessarily have all the leadership strengths that intact teams will have. Agile work teams are typically a form of self-managed teams.
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