Teams: Be careful what you ask for (editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/07/2001

High-performing teams can be difficult to manage. By their very definition they take on lives of their own as they strive to achieve success.

They’re internally driven, and require the freedom to create their own processes and working relationships. To a large degree they can be self-sufficient. Even to the point where they begin to determine their own futures.

In this atmosphere it can be difficult to apply corporate structures or effect change within a group. And to a great deal successful teams are best left alone — why tamper? But teams can be victims of their own success. And management would not be doing its job if it left teams entirely to their own devices.