Contemporary management has proven that teamwork
produces superior results than the old worn-out traditional
management style. Work gets done quicker and with
consistently higher quality than in environments where
employees are treated more as a commodity than an asset
to a team.
Not every team operates smoothly tough. When a team is
dysfunctional it does produce the results just mentioned.
When this happens we call it “Steamwork”.
The norm for teamwork is a blend of harmony and healthy
conflict. This scenario produces strong, positive progress
toward organizational goals. However just calling a team a
"team" does not make it a team. A true team is empowered
to achieve a shared vision among unified team members.
When General Motors started to deploy their Global
Management System (GMS), a modified version of the
Toyota employee teamwork system they had difficulty
connecting their teams to a shared vision. At one Detroit
area plant the younger employees quickly embraced the
concept but more senior members had become use to new
initiatives that did not play out. Many of these employees
engaged in Steamwork.
With “Steamwork” the work gets done, but with
backstabbing, animosity, and other divisive actions.
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