Team Development Vs Team Building

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach n team development, the image shows a group of colleagues around a table.

I am often asked what’s the difference between team development and team building.

Another question often asked is, “Is team building really worth it?”

Yes and no.

Oftentimes, team-building exercises are limited to rah-rah types of events such as escape rooms, trust falls, and the like. And they often fall short.

Team development, on the other hand, is much deeper work where you’re really looking at how a team works together and collaborates together.

It’s where you want to make sure that the behaviors of the team are ones of a high-performing team, where the sum of its parts is much bigger than what you would expect from a group of a few individuals working together.

However, there is a place for team building. When done well, team-building exercises can help people get to know each other on a deeper level such that later on, they are able to have much better conversations with each other, trust each other more and use that to hold each other more accountable. Watch the video for more.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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