We often use the word “team” when it most closely reflects a working group.
A working group is like a golf team where players go off and play on their own and then get together to add up their scores at the end of the day.
A team is more like a basketball team. One that plays together simultaneously in an interactive, mutually dependent, and often interchangeable way.
Most working groups reflexively call themselves a teams because that’s the word society uses to describe any group of people who are affiliated in their work.
Becoming a real team, not a working group, requires an intentional decision on the part of its members.
I’m going to repeat that for emphasis.
Becoming a real team, not a working group, requires an intentional decision on the part of its members, who are collectively responsible for achieving a common objective for their organization.
Teamwork is a choice.