How long does it take to build an effective team?
It depends. If a team works together over a relatively short period of time, they can achieve this kind of team dynamic in a matter of weeks. But that means they talk about being a team, both in terms of interpersonal dynamics and specifi c goals and results. The fact is, some teams can work together for years and still be dysfunctional, and others can come together over the course of a month and become remarkably cohesive. Let me just add one important point. Building a team is a process that never ends. Like a marriage, it requires a constant investment of time and energy. For those entrepreneurs willing to make teamwork a priority, they will enjoy a powerful competitive advantage that is essential for maneuvering in today’s marketplace. Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a leadership and organizational consultant and speaker, and best-selling author of eight books, including his latest, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family.