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Building a New Team

How to make 1+1 = 3

Key learning outcomes:

  • Learn that when building a new team, the aim is to maximise productivity as quickly as possible.
  • Identify the team’s goals and common purpose early in the process and ensure the team members are committed to them.
  • Understand how complementary skills and experience benefit a team.
  • Acknowledge the need for a team to define and allocate tasks and establish a schedule.


It has been proven that an effective team will always outperform a group of individuals who simply working together. In an effective team the members work together to achieve a combined result that is always be greater than the sum of what they could have achieved as individuals. This article will take you through a team-building process that will help your team achieve high levels of productivity quickly. The process provides a framework that you can use as a facilitator or as a member of a team. We have provided a worksheet to download that can be used in conjunction with this article.

Characteristics of a high-performing team

Before beginning the process of building an effective team, it is important to understand what makes a high-performing team stand out. We have a number of articles in the “People management” section of the website which give you information on how effective teams function, and we suggest you take some time to look through these. In the meantime, the key characteristics of a well-established team are:

  • Common commitment to specific goals and purpose
  • Agreed standards of behaviour
  • Complementary skills
  • Shared work and mutual accountability.

We will cover each of these areas in detail below and use a real-life example as guidance for building your team.

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