Teams cannot work in isolation with any real hope of
achieving their organizational objectives. The nature of organizations today –
complex, sophisticated and with increasing loose and permeable boundaries –
creates situations where a team’s goals can rarely be achieved without input
from and output to others.
However smart a team has been in addressing the previous four
categories, the authors have found in consulting with numerous organizations
that attention needs to be paid to inter-team relations now more than ever
before. This is because of the rise of strategic partnerships and global
organizations. Teams need to connect more. It is also because the environment is
changing faster and is more complex, so keeping in touch with information
outside of your own team is a basic survival strategy.