Is there such a thing as too much team work?

We are sometimes asked this question, often because there is a concern that if people get on “too well”, it can take on too much of a relaxed atmosphere (read: non-productive).

Our answer is NO – although we do understand the concern, but excellent teamwork is based on a common mission, not just “getting on well”.  It is very much the “three musketeers” at work (although in the brilliant book by Alexandre Dumas they were of course four which goes to show that all teams have room for at least one more person!). It’s “All for one and one for all”.

And this can happen when people really work together, not just work together in a “surface” way.

Great teamwork has people knowing that they’re all in it together, they jointly own the outcome, they have each others backs, they carry each others’ loads, they win or fall together. When this level of teamwork is achieved in a team, team magic happens – and the results get delivered time and time again.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as too much teamwork? Yes? No?

Thanks for reading
Elisabet and Mandy