The Difference Between a Team and a Group

What are the key steps in change management processes that can help build teams vs. groups?

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Steve Akinboro is a leader with a struggles-to-success career journey. He has scaled the corporate ladder to senior executive leadership positions at McDonald’s and Dominos Pizza, with a talent for turning around teams. In this video, Steve discusses the difference between a group of people and a team, and how to work through a project in a way that all parties involved are onboard and feel valued, with leaders employing their human-first change management skills.

What is the difference between a team and a group of people? Steve says, “A group is just a collection of people that, perhaps, don't have shared goals and shared objectives.” He goes on to say that what transforms a group into a team is getting the people in the group to rally around a “common goal, a shared objective.” That is the core essence of a team and from there they can begin to collaborate to reach their goal.

For leaders who are putting together a team or starting on a new goal, the best way to avoid resistance to change is to give a voice to each person, encouraging collaboration before ever starting to move the team toward the goal.

“People support what they help to build,” says Steve. He adds, “There's no need for change management when you have included the key stakeholders at the very start of every mission.”

Would you say you work with a group of people or on a team? We’d love to hear your reactions to Steve’s leadership styles in the comments section below!
I define team building as the process of building a team through a set of shared values. There's a difference between a team and a group. A group is just a collection of people that, perhaps, don't have shared goals and shared objective, but when you bring a set of people together that have a common goal, a shared objective, that is a team, in essence.

Teams evolve and go through different stages but at a very onset of every team, it is absolutely critical that the level of collaboration is very strong. I think the building block of collaboration starts with agreement on shared expectation before moving that team forward. So, making sure that the team has a voice in agreeing on the goals and the objective is key, because, you know what? People support what they help to build, and if they have no hand in building it, then there is some resistance. And that is kind of where you would start getting into change management. Well, there's no need for change management when you have you included the key stakeholders at the very start of every mission that you have in the organization.
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Steve Akinboro

As a widely accomplished global senior operations executive and change agent, Steve Akinboro works to accelerate corporate results in the highly competitive multi-unit branded retail foodservice industry. Steve is a consensus builder ...

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