What exactly is a team? In one of Webster’s earlier dictionaries, team was defined as “Two or more horses harnessed to the same plow.” A team is a group of people working cooperatively to accomplish a common mission or goal through the exercise of their gifts and calling in the context of mutual accountability.
A group of willing team members are:
- United around a clear and challenging common goal.
- Structured to work together.
- Sharing responsibility for their task.
- Depending upon each other.
- Building relationships with each other.
- Empowered to implement consensus decisions.
The difference of a team from a committee can be understood when committees are also defined. Committees are:
- Usually administrative in nature.
- Hands-on organizationally.
- Often spend considerable time deciding if something “needs to be done.”
- Heavy involvement in decision-making.
- Normally oversee and carry out programs..
Committees provide a service, but one needs to recognize that a more effective approach could be taken in situations in which a team strategy is applied. Here is the difference between committees and and teams.
Differences Teams Between Committees
Committees purposes same as the broader organizations
Specific team purpose that the team itself delivers
Encourage open-ended discussion and active problem-solving meetings
Measure effectiveness indirectly by its influence on others
Measure performance directly by assessing collective work products
|Discuss, decide, and delegate|
Discuss, decide, and do real work together
What does your organization look like? Is it a committee or a team? Do you think it would be better for your organization to function as a team or a committee?