The Beatles weren’t a group, they were a team; and this is a distinction all good managers should make when handling their staff, argues David Winch.
Are your staff a group or a team? It’s an important distinction to make. For example, I'd claim the Beatles weren’t a pop group. Before you lynch me for pop blasphemy, the difference is this: John, Paul George and Ringo weren’t a group – they were a team. Whilst one characteristic of both a team and a group is that they all share the same manager, the following three criteria are as good a test as any for identifying a group:
- No member depends on any other member.
- Each member can achieve their goals without reference to or help from any other member.
- Group achievement is the sum of...