What makes a team effective?

What makes a team effective is a question I’ve asked myself, and thought about multiple times. I’ve also written a bit about it here and here. More recently, I found myself revisiting this topic as I was preparing for an executive workshop aimed at helping the team work better together.

The more common approach to this question takes the perspective that the team is the sum of its parts. Meaning, the sum of the individuals that are on the team, their traits, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences and…