Team, Purpose, Method


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There is a line of thought that there are three key factors at work in your organisation:

These 3 things inter link

  • Without a purpose you don’t need teamwork (watching the TV is not a team sport)
  • If you have a purpose but no method, your efforts will fail (a dream without a plan…)
  • A team without method may be enthusiastic but still unsuccessful (5-year-olds playing swarm ball)

And they work best when they line up

Different teams, different purpose, different method

traffic jam

Different teams, different purpose, one method

dodgem cars

Different teams, one purpose, one method


One team, one purpose, one method


Team, purpose, method.

It isn’t really that insightful a line of thought, blindingly obvious really.

So why are we surprised that when we have:

  • different departments
  • using different systems
  • to different aims

things don’t got as smoothly as they might?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

James Lawther
James Lawther is a middle-aged middle manager. To reach this highly elevated position he has worked for many organisations, from supermarkets to tax collectors and has had multiple roles from running a night shift to doing operational research. He gets upset by operations that don't work and mildly apoplectic about poor customer service.


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