Are you a group or a team?
What differentiates a group of people and a team?
A group of people come together either by virtue of interests, past history, or an idea that they believe in. There is an invisible line that connects them all.
A team is on a mission to achieve a goal — sometimes a big hairy audacious one at that. Everyone in a team is well aware of their strengths and the part they have to play towards it. A great team not only does their part but also ensures that the edges overlap well so that the other person can do their part well.
Most startups and nonprofits are a group. You have to do the magic of building a team. A team is carefully sculpted and cared for. That is the role of the founder CEO.
A group that is stuck in the past or the present and not focused on the future is a group that is inevitably political. or fizzles out.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry